The discussions emphasised the importance of international collaboration, capacity building and consultation with various stakeholders to derive optimum benefits from Al
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is worried about the safety of data due to potential manipulation by AI-generated malware, according to a press release today. The CAG has been closely watching developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and is concerned about the risks, especially the manipulation of data through AI-generated malware.
“CAG of India is the Chair of SAI20, the G20 engagement group for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI). During India’s presidency of SAI20, CAG had chosen Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) as one of the focus areas. A seminar on Responsible AI was organised at CAG headquarters to acquaint the senior officials with challenges and opportunities presented by AI in February 2023. Extensive discussions on Responsible Al were held as part of the Senior Officers Meeting of SA120 at Guwahati in May 2023 and at the SAI Summit in Goa in June 2023. The discussions emphasised the importance of international collaboration, capacity building and consultation with various stakeholders to derive optimum benefits from Al,” read the CAG release.
Following the SA120 deliberations, a panel discussion on Responsible Artificial Intelligence took place at the CAG office today, showing the CAG’s commitment to raising awareness on responsible AI issues.
“As a follow-up of the SA120 deliberations, a panel discussion on Responsible Artificial Intelligence was held today at the CAG office. The Panel discussion demonstrated CAG’s commitment to fulfilling the SA120 Commitment to raise awareness on the issues and concerns relating to responsible Al, to engage with stakeholders, to identify mechanisms to integrate Al in the CAG institution and to initiate the process for auditing through Al and the audit of Al.” further read the release.
During the event, G C Murmu, CAG of India, highlighted the opportunities and challenges of AI. He posed questions about how audits can ensure the responsibility of AI and how it can help the government gain assurance about the fairness of AI systems. G C Murmu also expressed concerns about the security and integrity of data used for audits due to potential manipulation by AI-generated malware.
In her welcome address, Parveen Mehta, Deputy CAG of India, stressed the collective responsibility to ensure the responsible and ethical use of AI. She highlighted the importance of the Compendium on AI in auditing in a relatively new area.
During the panel discussion, speakers from diverse backgrounds talked about various aspects of responsible AI. Abhishek Singh from Digital India discussed government activities for AI deployment. Alok Lall from Microsoft India spoke about the challenges of “AI and Cybersecurity.” Ganesh Ramamoorthy from Gartner addressed the identification of suitable AI solutions for challenges, considering regional differences. Shri Parag Singla from IITD discussed the synergy between research and AI deployment.
Anand Mohan Bajaj, Additional Deputy CAG, moderated the panel discussion. Summing up, he highlighted that the use of AI in audits will enhance the quality and effectiveness of audits.