Jakarta (ANTARA) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair encouraged Indonesia to set up a regulatory framework on the utilization of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Deputy Minister of Communication and Informatics Nezar Patria stated.

Patria remarked that Blair, during his visit to the Communications and Informatics Ministry Office on Friday (April 19), also invited Indonesia to collaborate with the Tony Blair Institute to develop the regulation.

"Tony Blair spoke about the global concern regarding the generative AI regulation, and he offered cooperation with Indonesia to share ideas and experience and to be our partner in drafting the regulatory framework," the deputy minister stated here.

He said Blair viewed generative AI as a promising innovation that might conceal unexpected risks. Hence, the former British premier invited governments, including Indonesia, to partner in drafting the regulatory framework.

He believes the framework is necessary to ensure the technology will be optimized properly and benefit the people.

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Patria stated that the Tony Blair Institute is ready to provide digital talents with competencies in the AI sector to help countries prepare the regulatory framework on generative AI.

As Indonesia has yet to enact a particular regulation on the use of AI technology, Communications and Informatics Minister Circular No.9 of 2023 on AI Ethics served as the current guideline for AI development in the country.

The ministry's circular provides ethical principles and guidelines on AI technology use for business actors, public electronic system providers, and private electronic system providers possessing AI-based programming activities.

The deputy minister also stated that the government is studying the most appropriate strategy to regulate AI technology use in Indonesia.

"Our study is to determine whether the regulation should be in the form of law or gradually through the minister regulation as a start. Our study also covers several sectors," he stated.

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