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Aida Joaquin Acosta

Aida Joaquin Acosta is a Senior Public Official and a Fellow at Harvard’s University Berkman Klein Center. She has more than ten years of experience in advising on European regulatory and policy issues on the intersection of law, technology, and public policy. She has worked at the European Commission and the Spanish Ministries of Presidency, Public Administration, and Transport and Infrastructure.

She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington and the Berkman Klein Center in 2016-2017. As a Fulbrighter, she obtained a LL.M. focusing on Robotics Law and presented a methodology to reduce uncertainty on emerging technologies, receiving an Academic Excellence Award. At the Berkman Klein Center, she spent time researching the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in the Law. Her educational background also includes a Degree in Computer Engineering focused on A.I. and Robotics, and a Degree in Law focused on International Law.

As Fellow at Harvard’s University Berkman Klein Center, Aida will be working on the Ethics and Governance of A.I. Initiative with the Executive Director, Urs Gasser.

Aida is interested in developing practical tools for regulators and policymakers that help them to govern emerging technologies such as A.I.

Projects & Tools

AI: Autonomous Vehicles

As vehicles become more automated vehicles, we consider potential impacts on labor, questions about governance, bias, and inequality, and work to identify forms of transparency. More


Jul 13, 2018

5 Technological Factors Regulators And Policymakers Need To Know

a Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicles

The basics of autonomous vehicle technology and current policy discussions. More

Jul 13, 2018

What Governments Across The Globe Are Doing To Seize The Benefits Of Autonomous Vehicles

a Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicles

Introducing some of the AV strategies and initiatives that governments around the world are employing to navigate the challenges of AVs. More

Jul 13, 2018

A Smart Move? 24 Essentials Of A SWOT Analysis Policymakers Need To Consider

a Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicles

Analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) facing governments as they design comprehensive AV policy. More

Jul 13, 2018

3 Practical Tools To Help Regulators Develop Better Laws And Policies

a Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicles

Three practical tools that policymakers and regulators can use to develop better AV policies and expand their toolkit of instruments to govern the technology. More


Jul 25, 2018

4 Policy Papers on Autonomous Vehicles

Four papers describing key regulatory issues for autonomous vehicles, a range of policy and governance frameworks, and suggestions for policy innovation and experimentation More