The Berkman Klein Center’s Ethics of Digitalization initiative, in collaboration with the City of Helsinki, their partner Saidot, the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers, and under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will begin a 3-week Summer 2021 AI Policy Research Clinic in July with a global cohort of 13 early career scholars. The AI Policy Research Clinic brings together collaborators from partnering institutions, field experts, and graduate students to analyze a real-world use case at the intersection of digital technologies, education, and ethics.
The Research Clinic will translate best practices and principles concerning the use of AI by public service providers into actionable measures, particularly in the context of municipal educational programs. The cohort will focus on challenges related to community involvement, participatory design, and stakeholder engagement as well as mechanisms for ensuring accountability and oversight.
Through consultation with our partnering organizations, participants will learn the specific features of proposed AI interventions, help define key risks, goals, and metrics, and offer public interest-oriented implementation support in key governance areas. With the assistance of expert mentors, the early career scholars will select aspect(s) of the proposed ethical AI governance framework to focus on. Topics the Clinic will cover include the design of stakeholder impact assessments, the organization and responsibilities of an ethics oversight team, and the development of an application-specific risk analysis.
The Clinic is intended to enable the practical application of the cohort’s collective skills to address specifically articulated challenges from real world contexts. With participants and experts from many disciplines and across the globe, the Clinic will promote interdisciplinary collaboration, mutual learning, and open exchange.
Yung Au Hong Kong University of Oxford
Nagadivya Balasubramaniam India Aalto University
Bruna de Castro e Silva Brazil Tampere University
Karolina Maria Drobotowicz Poland Aalto University
María Jesús Ibáñez Canelo Chile Universidad de Chile
Erika Ly Australia Australian National University
G.R. Marvez United States Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Franziska Poszler Germany Technical University of Munich
Kaivalya Rawal India Harvard University
Giulia Schneider Italy Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Vera Vidal Rougier Spain Open University of Catalonia