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September 22, 2021

IFOW responds to UK Government AI Strategy

Anna Thomas, Director of the Institute for the Future of Work, responding to the release of the Government AI Strategy said:

"We welcome the release of the Government's AI Strategy and their intention to become a world leader in responsible technology, uniting strengths in both AI and regulation. We also welcome the new joint programme between the Office for AI and UK Research & Innovation aimed at continuing to develop AI in sectors based outside of London and the South East, as we have previously recommended.

“An AI standards hub is a first important step but the UK must swiftly develop proposals for an overarching, principles-led regime to promote accountability in the public interest, if it is to fulfil its ambition to lead globally in the governance of AI. The AI Strategy should go hand in hand with an Accountability for Algorithms Act to address the risks and harms of algorithmic systems for work, workers and the workplace. The Government must also broaden its approach to promoting equality in the age of AI - and bring new digital rights for workers into the conversation.

“The next important steps are to back up commitments in the Spending Review, widen stakeholder engagement, and bring forward proposals for an Accountability for Algorithms Act. We look forward to working with the Government moving forward to ensure that promoting equality across the country is central to the next phase of the AI Strategy."


Institute for the Future of Work Director Anna Thomas is available for interview.

Contact for Interview and Other Requests

Hana Al-Izzi, Institute for the Future of Work Advocacy andCommunications Lead: 07807626409‍


1.    The Government’s AI Strategy is available here.

2.    For more information on algorithmic accountability please see IFOW’s ‘Mind the Gap’.

3.    For more information on algorithmic management please see IFOW’s ‘The Amazonian Era: The gigification of work

4.    The Institute for the Future of Work is an independent research and development institute that explores how new technologies are transforming work and working lives. We research and develop practical solutions to promote people’s future wellbeing and prosperity.Co-founded by Nobel prize winning economist Sir Christopher Pissarides, technologist Naomi Climer CBE and employment barrister Anna Thomas, we work at the intersection of government, industry and civil society to shape a fairer future through better work.


Anna Thomas MBE


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