Okta Welcomes the Biden-Harris Administration’s Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

The Administration’s release of the Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence is an important step forward for the thoughtful and responsible development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

We support the goals of the Executive Order to embrace the beneficial impacts that come with AI while mitigating real and potential harms.

We are encouraged to see the Executive Order address the need for strong, common standards to create safeguards for AI development and deployment, the responsible use of AI as a tool to strengthen cybersecurity, and the importance of developing and attracting the best talent to drive innovation forward.

Additionally, the Administration should be commended for its commitment to protecting people while pushing for the adoption of game-changing AI technologies. Their focus on protecting privacy, fairness, and civil rights is critical as we look to mitigate the risk of potential harms in high-impact AI use cases.

The Executive Order smartly highlights the importance of global collaboration. AI’s use knows no borders, and the successful embrace of AI requires global governments to work together to form common high standards for development and deployment and to harmonize regulations that allow for continued innovation, customer choice, and interoperability. This global approach will help contribute significantly to the discussions this week at the UK AI Safety Summit, as it did at the G-7 meeting in Hiroshima this past May, and in the many discussions to come.

While this Executive Order is welcomed progress, we agree with the Administration that these discussions will need to translate into thoughtful legislation that codifies smart pathways for AI use, as well as still much needed comprehensive U.S. Federal privacy legislation. We look forward to working with Congress and policymakers around the globe in support of these efforts.