BCS helps to find solutions to the big public policy questions where AI is used - from facial recognition technology, recruitment, health care and logistics. BCS believes that developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive AI sector is central to reducing bias in machine learning and delivering AI applications that are fit-for-purpose and developed by professionals that are representative of our society.
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'Gold standard' in ethical AI
The UK can lead the world in creating artificial intelligence that cares about humanity - provided more people from non-tech and diverse backgrounds choose to study and work in the field, according to a new BCS report.
AI and breast cancer screening
BCS is supportive of the role AI has to play in improving health and care and supports the NSC’s position outlined in the consultation document: ‘Use of artificial intelligence for image analysis in breast cancer screening'.
AI and your job
Job loss - and the subsequent bias in the image selection process - neatly encapsulates the issues facing people as they explore the world of work and tech companies as they try to deploy AI.
Share your support
BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our surveys are one way that we listen to our members opinions and this helps to form our policies on major areas of public policy. This year we found that cyber security is the main issue that keeps senior manager awake at night.
Read the IT leaders report 2020
"Given the potential impact of AI on so much of the modern world, it is essential that all AI practitioners have the competencies necessary to ethically design, ethically develop, ethically deploy, ethically manage and ethically maintain AI products and services."
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Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion as standard; that’s the common goal for our industry. Yet women account for only 20% of IT specialists; and BAME IT professionals are less likely to be in senior roles, despite being better qualified. Like many industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.
We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary schools to universities. We are also the end-point assessor for the thriving digital apprenticeship sector.
Green IT and Net Zero
As the professional body for the IT industry, BCS is committed to playing its part in tackling the climate emergency. We have formally adopted the drive for Net Zero and the promotion of Green IT as one of our four organisational policy and campaign priorities.
Health and care
Digital health is undergoing rapid change and BCS, as the professional body for IT, is committed to supporting the establishment of regulated professional standards in this sector.
Tech and society
From cyber security, through to online safety, technology affects us all. BCS policy looks at the wider uses of technology. As a charity, as well as the professional body for IT, our aim is to make IT good for society.