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Baltimore mayor issues executive order on use and development of AI

(Baltimore, MD) -- Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has issued an executive order on use and development of artificial intelligence within city operations.

Mayor Scott says AI is presenting both challenges and opportunities and the city must ensure it's used in the best interest of city residents.

"City government has routinely played catch-up in terms of technology, but this administration is trying to change that, " said the mayor. "We must proceed with caution and the utmost responsibility to ensure the best interests of Baltimore’s residents are centered as the use of AI becomes increasingly common. This executive order lays the foundation for a future where the use of AI technologies is guided in a manner that is transparent, secure, and beneficial for all Baltimoreans."

The executive order on the use of generative AI for city employees does four main things:

  • Outlines the city’s general position on using generative artificial intelligence tools
  • Explains guiding principles drawn from guidance already outlined by the White House and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Provides specific guidance on usage for city employees
  • Outlines next steps, including the establishment of an advisory committee on artificial intelligence.

In the upcoming weeks, the City will create an advisory group whose tasks will consist of evaluating the current use of generative artificial intelligence technologies across city agencies, researching and supporting policy development, offering education and training for city employees, and developing risk profiles for safe and productive use cases.