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Concentration on AI for municipalities and civil society

The Riksdag has decided that Sweden should be the best in the world at using the possibilities of digitalisation. In the digital journey of change that the whole society is now undergoing, artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technologies. We believe this is an opportunity that deserves special focus.

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The challenges of welfare place eligibility requirements on radical innovation in terms of the design of the public services of the future and how they are produced. Properly utilized, digitalisation provides opportunities to create efficient and innovative welfare that meets the needs of citizens.

Digitalisation in welfare has been going on for decades, where AI is a new technical element. New technology creates additional needs for skills and abilities in welfare organizations. The expectations of the public sector to be able to deliver an even better and more efficient welfare, due to the societal challenges that Sweden faces, are high. DIGG (the Swedish Agency for Digital Administration) has calculated that a complete introduction of current AI technology in public administration could mean a financial benefit for society of SEK 140 billion annually.

The municipalities are responsible for most of the welfare, but civil society is also an important player in the work of developing it. The opportunity for new values, increased quality and efficiency for a better welfare and societal benefit with the help of AI is found in all areas related to municipal activities: from health, care and school to public transport, administration and urban planning.

Civil society organizations also have great opportunities to take on new challenges with the help of AI and conduct more efficient and (legally) safe activities. They have good opportunities to become a trusted and innovative player in the collection and use of data from outside, basically, high trust capital among citizens. The issue of AI is raised in civil society, among other things through cross-sectoral strategy work during the years 20/21. (NYSTA).

One of their conclusions is that:

Civil society has good opportunities to develop and create great value for themselves and for all residents in Sweden by using AI and the possibilities of digitalisation.

Based on the needs and opportunities described above, it is central that municipalities and civil society organizations strengthen their capacity and capacity for innovation and insightful priorities in the AI area. It is only when the whole of Sweden can advance its positions in digital development that the whole of society can enjoy the greatest benefits.

Both DIGG, Statistics Sweden and SKR state that there are several challenges in realizing the benefits of AI. In order to successfully drive development forward, everything from knowledge support and change management to technical resources is needed. There is also a need for more widespread collaboration and more of a common direction where important issues and needs related to AI can be solved jointly.

Based on the above, Vinnova has decided to implement a multi-year effort with the goal of stimulating and strengthening the capacity and ability of municipalities and civil society to take advantage of the opportunities with artificial intelligence. We call it Power Collection - AI for municipalities and civil society and is carried out in collaboration with AI Sweden.

The concentration of power is a complement to other initiatives that the government and other authorities target the public sector and civil society and will take place in collaboration with them.

Last updated 3 May 2022

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