ICO seeks a secondee to work on auditing of AI

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) shares the below message:

Wanted: ICO AI Auditing Secondee

In February 2020, the ICO launched its consultation on their draft guidance on the AI Auditing Framework. The draft guidance follows 12 months of research and analysis, involving consultation via a series of blogs, led by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Reuben Binns. The guidance focuses on best practices for data protection compliance in AI, whether you design your own system, or implement one from a third party. It provides a solid methodology to audit AI applications and ensure they process personal data fairly.

The guidance is aimed at two audiences: those with a compliance focus, such as data protection officers (DPOs), general counsel, risk managers and the ICO's own auditors; and technology specialists, including machine learning experts, data scientists, software developers and engineers, and cybersecurity and IT risk managers. Alongside the guidance, we will be producing indicative risk and control tables, to help organisations audit the compliance of their own AI systems. The consultation closes on 1 April 2020.

The ICO is looking to complement this guidance and develop a suite of materials and products so that anyone looking to audit AI has the right tools to hand. They are looking for a secondee to join this team for a period of between three and six months to help design further audit artefacts to support the framework (e.g. work programmes, checklists, guidance for auditors, etc). The main objective is to develop practical tools for auditors. The ICO welcomes expressions of interest from individuals with experience in designing and implementing audit methodologies. AI experience is not essential, although this would be desirable. In return, this would be excellent experience for someone looking to develop expertise in this cutting edge and fast-growing area. 

There is some flexibility in location, including the ability to work from home.

For further information please contact Reuben Binns.

ICAEW is working on its own publication discussing risk and assurance in AI and emerging technology, which will be launched later this year.