WPS Message Guide: A Gender Perspective on AI Risks to National Security

This message guide, building on Executive Order 14110 on the Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence, contextualizes the top gendered risks of AI to national security and outlines key recommendations for developing gender-sensitive AI policy, focusing in particular on the importance of aligning AI policy with existing human rights frameworks and norms. This guide accompanies an upcoming in-depth report on the application of a Women, Peace and Security framework in the digital ecosystem. Stayed tuned to learn more.

Key Messages

  • Global and national commitments to human and women’s rights must be integrated into technology and security policy. AI should be aligned with established human rights frameworks.
  • Gender analysis on technology policy and development increases situational awareness and democratic civilian engagement, and is required by the WPS Act and the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act.
  • Gender inequality in technology is an early warning sign of broader political and social instability, and inherent issues of gender bias and inequalities should be a main focus in the development and adoption of new technologies within the national security and defense spaces.