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BKC Policy Practice: Artificial Intelligence

The BKC Policy Practice on Artificial Intelligence (BKC PP: AI) is a public interest-oriented program that helps governmental, nonprofit, and private sector organizations implement AI best practices and turn AI principles into operational realities. The AI policy practice connects decision makers with faculty, students, and experts from across the BKC community.

BKC PP: AI builds upon the Center’s previous Ethics and Governance of AI work, including the Principled AI research, and tackles concrete implementation challenges and co-develops pragmatic approaches with public and private decision makers working to develop, deploy, and use AI-based systems in socially-responsible ways. The policy practice creates a space for learning, knowledge-sharing, and capacity-building in which participating organizations can work with small, agile teams composed of faculty, staff, students, and outside expert collaborators to identify key problems and create actionable outputs. Outputs range from policy frameworks to open educational resources and are developed with an eye towards inclusion, replicability, and broad usefulness.

Recent work, often in collaboration with local partner organizations, included support of public sector agency representatives from Germany, Thailand, and Colombia within the context of the implementation of national AI strategies and sector-specific translations of AI principles into practice. In collaboration with private sector entities both large and small, we have identified the concrete challenges that these organizations face in developing, deploying and using AI in socially-responsible ways, while identifying and creating resources to help navigate those challenges.

In the current academic year, a focus is on principles and practices in the fields of education and connected learning spaces, involving youth and adult learners. Ongoing projects include various collaborations with intergovernmental organizations such as ITU, UNICEF, and the OECD as well as the government of Colombia and the city of Helsinki.

To contact the AI team please email: ai@cyber.harvard.edu


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Sep 15, 2020

Draft Policy Guidance on AI for Children

BKC community members inform UNICEF report

BKC community members inform UNICEF report More

News
Jun 12, 2020

AI & the European Commission’s Risky Business

“Risk” as a cornerstone of AI governance is complicated by decades of debates about how we assess “risk,” Ryan Budish says. More

Apr 29, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

[Virtual] Challenges in Digital Technology Then and Now

A Conversation With Jonathan Zittrain and Brad Smith

Jonathan Zittrain and Microsoft President Brad Smith will discuss how big tech might rise to new challenges and opportunities. More

News
Apr 20, 2020

Fairness and AI

Sandra Wachter on why fairness cannot be automated

Sandra Wachter on why fairness cannot be automated More

Event
Apr 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

[Virtual] Why Fairness Cannot Be Automated

Video & Podcast: Bridging the Gap Between EU Non-Discrimination Law & AI

Publication
May 31, 2019

Youth and Artificial Intelligence

Where We Stand

How can we empower young people to meaningfully interact with AI-based technologies to promote and bolster learning, creative expression, and well-being, while also addressing key… More


People 14

Point of Contact

Urs Gasser

Director

Team

Lionel Brossi

Faculty Associate

Malavika Jayaram

Faculty Associate

Sandra Wachter

Faculty Associate