Special Report: AI Policy and China

Volume I: Realities of State-Led Development, and Volume II: Ethics, Governance, and Strategy
Blog Post
Oct. 29, 2019

Editor's Note: This page is being updated as further material in our AI Policy and China series is released.

When China's government announced its ambitions for the country’s theoretical, technological, and applied artificial intelligence development to reach a “world-leading level” by 2030, governments and markets worldwide took notice.

So did DigiChina. The New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan (AIDP), drafted by experts across China’s bureaucracy and issued by the State Council in July 2017, was one of this nascent project's first major translations.

In October 2019, DigiChina published its first special report, "AI Policy and China: Realities of State-Led Development," featuring new work and insights from 14 specialists across a wide variety of fields. Read the report in PDF format here, or access individual articles below:

In February 2020, we began releasing the follow-up second special report, "AI Policy and China II: Ethics, Governance, and Strategy." A full PDF of the report is forthcoming, but articles will be posted here as they are released:

About DigiChina

The Stanford-New America DigiChina Project is a collaborative effort to understand China’s digital policy developments, primarily through translating and analyzing Chinese-language sources. How the Chinese party-state and society deploy and use digital technologies is increasingly consequential for governance, markets, and security around the world. From laws and regulations to published commentaries from policymakers and corporate strategies, China’s public sphere provides a great deal of insight into what’s happening and why. DigiChina’s network of contributors, working collaboratively with industry and policy experts around the globe, work to bring that insight to an international audience and inform important debates and decisions.

DigiChina has been supported through a partnership with the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative of the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Berkman Klein Center. In June 2019, DigiChina became a joint project of Stanford University's Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance and New America's Cybersecurity Initiative.