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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 our Principled AI research, 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. With the private sector, we have collaborated with organizations both large and small, identified the concrete challenges they face in developing, deploying, and using AI in socially-responsible ways, and created resources to help them 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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News
Jan 22, 2021

Summary Report of Expert Roundtable on Colombia’s Draft AI Ethical Framework

Lens on Youth Issues

Key takeaways from an expert roundtable offering feedback on Colombia’s draft “Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Colombia.”

News
Jan 15, 2021

Opportunity: Program Manager for Policy Practice: AI and Network of Centers

Program Manager is responsible for guiding program development and implementation, and assisting with research, administration, operations, and communications

Publication
Jan 11, 2021

Skin in the Game: Modulate AI and Addressing the Legal and Ethical Challenges of Voice Skin Technology

A BKC Policy Practice Case Study & Educational Toolkit

An educational toolkit that includes a case study, a teaching note, and a background primer.

News
Dec 17, 2020

Some Reflections on the Role of Government in Trustworthy AI

Urs Gasser shares his remarks from the Launch Event of Colombia’s AI Ethics Framework.

News
Dec 17, 2020

Video: Development of Colombia's AI Ethics Framework

A short video on BKC Policy Practice: AI’s work with the Colombian government on its AI ethics framework, an implementation of Colombia’s national AI policy.

BKC Medium Collection
Dec 17, 2020

Q&A: Armando Guio Español on AI Ethics and Policy

BKC affiliate drafted Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Colombia

BKC affiliate drafted Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Colombia

Dec 17, 2020

BKC Policy Practice on AI Hosts Expert Review of Colombia’s AI Ethical Framework with Focus on Youth

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote

News
Sep 15, 2020

Draft Policy Guidance on AI for Children

BKC community members inform UNICEF report

BKC community members inform UNICEF report

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.

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.

Apr 20, 2020

Fairness and AI

Sandra Wachter on why fairness cannot be automated

Sandra Wachter on why fairness cannot be automated

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…


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Point of Contact

Urs Gasser

Director

Team

Amar Ashar

Affiliate

Ryan Budish

Affiliate

Lionel Brossi

Faculty Associate

Malavika Jayaram

Faculty Associate

Sandra Wachter

Faculty Associate