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The reality of Dutch AI implementation

Stegeman, R. (2022) The reality of Dutch AI implementation.

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Abstract:This thesis uses a content analysis of first-party government data to analyse the envisioned implementation of the Dutch AI strategy as communicated through the Strategical Action Plan on Artificial Intelligence in 2019. 24 documents were coded and analysed in Atlas.ti, and the findings were ordered based on three sub-questions dealing with the planning, implementation, and role of values in policy that resulted from the AI strategy. It exposes an underlying narrative throughout Dutch policy documents, which contrasts the initially communicated ideal of what the Dutch version of AI was meant to be. Dutch AI policy is a policy field like all others in the Netherlands, following the same rules and structures. Existing projects are bundled, and constraints are created based on several focal points in Dutch policy like the largest benefits scandal of the last decade, or the covid-19 pandemic. Policy is created at the top and then passed down a long chain of formal and semi-formal government institutions before landing at the agency that is supposed to be implementing it. It exists in a policy environment dominated by materialist values like economic growth, enforcing the rule of law and political stability. This contrasts the envisioned Dutch AI with reality.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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