A history of AI regulations

Recent developments have revived a willingness for more governance

Phil Siarri
3 min readApr 8, 2023
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AI regulations have been a source of contention for some time.

They entail the establishment of policies and legislations to promote and regulate artificial intelligence.

Below is a timeline of various efforts towards those goals.


The European Union introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, which includes provisions affecting AI, most notably wording stating a “right to explanation” — essentially a right to be given an explanation for an output of algorithm.

Canada’s Bill C-27

In June 2022, Canada presented Bill C-27, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022, which implements the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA), Canada’s first artificial intelligence legislation.

Such encourages the responsible adoption of AI technologies by individuals and businesses.

The AI Act

Introduced in 2022, the AI Act is a proposed European Union artificial intelligence law, would be the first AI law passed by a major regulator.



Phil Siarri

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