04 May 2021

GPD and Stanford GDPi publish 2021 edition of report on National AI Strategies

Global Partners Digital and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator have published an updated edition of their landmark 2020 report examining National Artificial Intelligence Strategies (NASs) from a human rights perspective.

The original report examined the 25 AI strategies that existed at that time, assessed the extent to which human rights considerations had been incorporated, and made a series of recommendations to policymakers looking to develop or revise AI strategies in the future. 

The new edition builds on this in several important ways; with expanded insight, analysis and good practice examples drawn from the new strategies that have emerged in the last twelve months, as well as the addition of a new chapter exploring regional developments and trends in AI governance.

GPD’s Head of Legal, Richard Wingfield, commented: “Questions around AI governance have only become more central in the years since the report was first published. We’re excited to share this expanded edition, which adds important new data, depth and context to our original findings and recommendations”.

Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator, noted: “There is growing recognition that governance of AI must rest on a foundation of international human rights law and principles. This updated report can help policymakers better understand how to utilise that framework more comprehensively.”



The Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) is committed to advancing policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. Situated within the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford University, GDPi serves as a multistakeholder collaboration hub for the development of norms, guidelines, and laws that enhance freedom, security, and trust in the global digital ecosystem.


Global Partners Digital (GPD) is a social purpose company dedicated to fostering a digital environment underpinned by human rights and democratic values. We do this by making policy spaces and processes more open, inclusive and transparent, and by facilitating strategic, informed and coordinated engagement in these processes by public interest actors.