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Ethics and Governance of AI

The rapidly growing capabilities and increasing presence of AI-based systems in our lives raise pressing questions about the impact, governance, ethics, and accountability of these technologies around the world. How can we narrow the knowledge gap between AI “experts” and the variety of people who use, interact with, and are impacted by these technologies? How do we harness the potential of AI systems while ensuring that they do not exacerbate existing inequalities and biases, or even create new ones?

At the Berkman Klein Center, a wide range of research projects, community members, programs, and perspectives seek to address the big questions related to the ethics and governance of AI. Our first two and half years of work in this area are reviewed in "5 Key Areas of Impact," and a selection of work from across our community is found below.

Our Work 107

Event
Nov 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Ethics of the Digital Transformation

Special Event with the President of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in conversation with Urs Gasser and colleagues More

Event
Oct 23, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Protecting Elections from Online Manipulation and Cyber Threats: The Experience of Israel’s 2019 Elections

Featuring Justice Hanan Melcer, Supreme Court of Israel

VIDEO & PODCAST: Justice Hanan Melcer of Israel's Supreme Court speaks about managing two election cycles in Israel More

Event
Oct 22, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Contesting Algorithms

Featuring Niva Elkin-Koren, Professor of Law at the University of Haifa and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.

VIDEO & PODCAST: Professor Elkin-Koren proposes to address AI-based content moderation by introducing an adversarial procedure. More

News
Oct 11, 2019

Ethics and Governance of AI at Berkman Klein: Report on Impact, 2017-2019

We take stock of our first two years of work on the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative More

Event
Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Can Tech be Governed?

BKC Luncheon Series: Public Kickoff featuring Jonathan Zittrain

VIDEO & PODCAST: How different is this technology from what preceded it, and do we need new ways to govern it? If so, how would they come about? More

News
Jul 19, 2019

What We Created During Assembly 2019

Over three months the BKC and MIT Media Lab’s third annual Assembly program built four projects that offer ways to move forward on the thorny problems at the intersection of AI… More

News
Jun 12, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Society

A broad overview of the technical, economic, political, and social landscapes of AI, including its positive and negative impacts More

News
Jun 12, 2019

What are the OECD Principles on AI?

Five complementary values-based concepts for the responsible stewardship of trustworthy AI More

News
Jun 7, 2019

Introducing the Principled Artificial Intelligence Project

Berkman Klein’s Cyberlaw Clinic launches project to map AI principles and guidelines More

News
Jun 3, 2019

On YouTube’s Digital Playground

YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is under scrutiny for surfacing harmful content

BKC researchers lend insight into YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, which is under scrutiny for surfacing harmful content More

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

Event
May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Auditing for Bias in Resume Search Engines

with Christo Wilson, Associate Professor Northeastern University

VIDEO & PODCAST: Are the algorithms that surface and rank your resume for job recruiters biased with respect to gender? More

Event
Apr 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Having our cake and eating it too

How to develop AI competitively without falling victim to collective action problems

VIDEO: Could competition to develop new AI systems cause companies to cut corners ensuring their systems are safe and beneficial? More

Apr 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

How to Work with Tech Companies on Human Rights

Insights from a decade of multi-stakeholder collaboration (and an argument with Steve Jobs)

PODCAST & VIDEO: In conversation with Chinmayi Arun, David Sullivan draws upon a decade of work with technology companies (and a heated argument with Steve Jobs) to offer insights… More

Event
Apr 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Dirty Data, Bad Predictions

How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems and Society

PODCAST & VIDEO: An examination of the data provenance of police data commonly used in predictive policing system. More

News
Apr 10, 2019

The Law and the Digital World

The AGTech Forum at Harvard Law gives state attorneys general a place to learn about technological changes and strategize about how the law can keep up

Insight for Attorney Generals into privacy and emerging technologies More

Event
Apr 2, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Machines Learning to Find Injustice

Featuring HLS Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Ryan Copus

VIDEO & PODCAST: Can we find a responsible, ethical, and transparent way to leverage the power of predictive algorithms in our justice systems? More

News
Mar 29, 2019

ARTificial Intelligence: The Laughing Room

An artificially intelligent sitcom

The Laughing Room is an artificially intelligent room and interactive art installation that plays a laugh track whenever the participants say something that the room’s algorithm… More

News
Mar 27, 2019

Inside The R&D Of AI Ethics

Designing a roadmap for AI governance

It’s clear that the roadmap for AI governance won’t rely solely on business or academic research. That's where Assembly comes in. More

News

Adversarial attacks on medical AI: A health policy challenge

Emerging vulnerabilities demand new conversations

Technical solutions alone aren't enough to address vulnerabilities in machine learning systems

Mar 21, 2019
News
Mar 12, 2019

Announcing the Winners of the AI and the News Open Challenge

Seven projects that tackle artificial intelligence in the field of news and information More

News
Mar 4, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Assembly Cohort

17 technologists, managers, policymakers, and other professionals join us to confront the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. More

News
Feb 20, 2019

Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, ‘information fiduciaries’ and targeted advertisements

CEO visits with students from the University’s Techtopia program and Zittrain’s Internet and Society course

Should Facebook be considered an “information fiduciary” when it comes to the privacy of its clients? More

Event
Feb 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The Smart Enough City

Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

VIDEO & PODCAST: Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity. More

News
Feb 4, 2019

Template License and Collaboration Agreements for AI Art

Guidance for developers and artists on how to handle rights for AI-generated art More

Event
Feb 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Is A.I Laughing at us?

A conversation with Jessica Fjeld, Jon Orwant, and Nikhil Dharmaraj

Artificial intelligence and art, how humor and creativity interrelate, and the successes and the shortcomings of new Al technologies. More

News
Jan 29, 2019

The “Dataset Nutrition Label Project” Tackles Dataset Health and Standards

Algorithms can only be as good as the data that underly them. Learn about one project that is pulling back the curtain on the quality of datasets. More

Course

Applied Ethical and Governance Challenges in AI - Spring 2019

This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use. More

News
Dec 14, 2018

Get to Know Berkman Klein Fellow Armando Guio-Espanol

a spotlight on one of our 2018-2019 BKC Fellows

How are we helping young people engage with new technologies? More

News
Dec 14, 2018

Get to Know Berkman Klein Fellow Lily Hu

a spotlight on one of our 2018-2019 BKC Fellows

How are algorithms distributing power between people? More

News
Dec 14, 2018

Embracing AI for the Social Good

The Imperative to Engage Globally

Three key challenges to promoting AI for the social good More

Publication
Dec 10, 2018

Assessing the Assessments

Lessons From Early State Experiences In The Procurement And Implementation of Risk Assessment Tools

This report provides context for state and local officials considering the development, procurement, implementation, and use of Risk Assessment (RA) tools. More

News
Dec 9, 2018

Network Propaganda named one of the best books of 2018

The Guardian celebrates some of our research as the most important of the year. More

News

Facebook leader sits down with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses the social media giant’s ‘long year’ with Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert.

Dec 5, 2018
News
Dec 4, 2018

Meet the 66 finalists in the AI and the News Open Challenge

We're excited to share the 66 finalists who are vying for a share of the $750,000 to address specific problems at the intersection of AI and the news More

Event
Nov 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Promoting Fairness, Equity, and Human Rights in Tech

Perspectives from Europe and the US on a Law and Policy Agenda

VIDEO & PODCAST: A broad overview of the landscape for regulating cutting-edge digital technologies in Europe and the US More

Event
Nov 29, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Skewed or Rescued?: The Emerging Theory of Algorithmic Fairness

Opening Keynote Address by Cynthia Dwork

A Public Lecture by Cynthia Dwork, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, the Radcliffe… More

News
Nov 27, 2018

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project empowers data scientists and policymakers with practical tools to improve AI outcomes More

Event
Nov 16, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

The Laughing Room

An interactive art installation in which participants enter an artificially intelligent room, designed like a sitcom set, that plays a laugh track whenever the participants say… More

Event
Nov 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Re-Engineering Humanity

VIDEO & PODCAST: Re-Engineering Humanity brings a pragmatic if somewhat dystopic perspective to the technological phenomena of our age. Humans are learning machines and we learn… More

Event
Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Custodians of the Internet

Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Gillespie argues that content moderation is not ancillary to what platforms do, but that it is essential, and that the very fact of moderation should change how… More

Event
Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Automating Inequality

How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Podcast & Video: In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and… More

Publication
Oct 15, 2018

Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

The most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency More

News

It’s not enough for AI to be “ethical”; it must also be “rights respecting”

On the importance of thinking about both the human rights implications and the ethics of AI.

Oct 9, 2018
Event
Oct 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

VIDEO & PODCAST: New research on the media ecosystem around the 2016 US election offer new perspectives and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the… More

News

Evaluating the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights

Profiling six areas where current deployments of artificial intelligence are having an impact on human rights

Sep 27, 2018
Publication
Sep 25, 2018

Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights

Opportunities & Risks

A legal analysis of some of AI's promises and challenges to conceptions of human rights. More

News
Sep 18, 2018

AI and the News: An Open Challenge

Have an idea for using AI to stop bad actors, empower journalism, govern platforms or to reimagine news? Apply for an AI and the News Open Challenge grant to work on the product. More

Event
Sep 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Data Driven Discrimination

What Is it, and Where Do We Go from Here?

Join Brittny-Jade Saunders ’08, Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, for a discussion discrimination resulting from the… More

News
Aug 13, 2018

Helping Global Policymakers Navigate AI’s Challenges and Opportunities

Giving policymakers practical steps to help close the many gaps they see in understanding how to deal with Artificial Intelligence technologies More

Publication
Aug 3, 2018

A Harm-Reduction Framework for Algorithmic Fairness

Any evaluation of algorithmic fairness must consider a counterfactual analysis of the effects that algorithmic design, implementation, and use have on the well-being of… More

News
Aug 1, 2018

Berkman Klein Center Joins the Partnership on AI

The Berkman Klein Center is excited to announce that we are joining… More

News
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

News
Jul 24, 2018

Apply Now to Join Our Assembly Cohort in 2019!

At the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab. Applications are due Sunday, September 2, 2018!

Seeking technologists with diverse skill sets to confront the concrete and constantly emerging problems related to artificial intelligence and governance. Applications are due… More

Publication
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

Publication
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

Publication
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

Publication
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

News
Jul 11, 2018

Global Governance and Inclusion

Reframing the Global Debate Around AI

A look at lessons we’ve learned in our work as part of the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, More

News
Jun 26, 2018

Morality in the Machines

Researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are collaborating with MIT scholars to study driverless cars, social media feeds, and criminal justice… More

News
Jun 21, 2018

Data Commons Version 1.0

A Framework to Build Toward AI for Good

The increased use of AI for purposes ranging from health to food security to global infrastructure has resulted in a greater interest in how we should manage big data. More

Event
May 31, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Symposium on Trust in Autonomous Vehicles

A symposium that brings together scientists, engineers, lawmakers, and car manufacturers to discuss ethical considerations and trust in autonomous vehicles. More

Event
May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Art that Imitates Art

Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting

Copyright in AI-generated works, the need for a shared understanding of what is and isn’t up for grabs in a license, and how forward-thinking contracts can prevent AI developers… More

Publication
May 8, 2018

AGTech Forum Briefing Book: State Attorneys General and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is already starting to change our lives. Over the coming decades, these new technologies will shape many of our daily interactions and drive dramatic… More

Event
Apr 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Blockchain and the Law

The Rule of Code

Blockchain technology is ultimately a dual-edge technology that can be used to either support or supplant the law. This talk looks at the impact of blockchain technology of a… More

Event
Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Honoring All Expertise: Social Responsibility and Ethics in Tech

featuring Kathy Pham & Friends from the Berkman Klein Community

Learn more about social responsibility and ethics in tech from cross functional perspectives featuring social scientists, computer scientists, historians, lawyers, political… More

News
Mar 20, 2018

AI is more powerful than ever. How do we hold it accountable?

Trying to understand advanced AI is like trying to understand the inner workings of another person’s mind. More

Event
Mar 6, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

metaLAB + friends openLAB

Please join us for metaLAB’s 2018 openLAB, showcasing work by metaLAB and friends. More

Event
Mar 6, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The Accuracy, Fairness, and Limits of Predicting Recidivism

featuring Julia Dressel

COMPAS is a software used across the country to predict who will commit future crimes. It doesn’t perform any better than untrained people who responded to an online survey. More

News
Feb 28, 2018

Your Guide to BKC@SXSW 2018

Headed to SXSW this year? If so, be sure to check out some of these panels and discussions led by members of the Berkman Klein community. More

News
Feb 22, 2018

Why Inclusion Matters for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold tremendous promise for much of the world, including the Global South. More

News
Feb 22, 2018

New Website Draws on International Perspectives to Highlight Issues related to Inclusion and Artificial Intelligence

This new suite of resources aims to establish key themes, questions, and opportunities for ensuring that voices and perspectives from diverse populations help shape the future of… More

Publication
Feb 9, 2018

Follow-up Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

The following open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers — is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk… More

Event
Jan 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The “Monkey Selfie” Case: Can Non-Humans Hold Copyrights?

featuring a panel of experts on copyright, cyber law, and intermediary liability issues

Can non-human animals own copyrights? Can artificial intelligence machines? Join the Berkman Klein Center, the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program, and the HLS Student… More

News
Jan 26, 2018

Global AI Dialogue Series: Beijing

Observations from the China-US Workshop in Beijing, December 2, 2017

In December 2017, the Berkman Klein Center co-hosted an exploratory workshop in Beijing, China with Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management and the MIT Media… More

Event
Jan 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

MACHINE EXPERIENCE II

Art Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence

A showcase of works by metaLAB artists exploring the emotional effects of algorithms, the uncanny experiences of sensor-enabled computers, and what intelligent machines might… More

News
Dec 12, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Assembly Cohort

At the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 cohort for the Assembly program at the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab! Read more to learn about the twenty-one individuals who will be… More

Event
Dec 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

A Pessimist’s Guide to the Future of Technology

featuring Dr. Ian Bogost, Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Two decades of technological optimism in computing have proven foolhardy. Let’s talk about new ways to anticipate what might go right and wrong, using a technology that has not… More

News
Dec 1, 2017

When a Bot is the Judge

What happens when our criminal justice system uses algorithms to help judges determine bail, sentencing, and parole? More

News
Nov 30, 2017

Charting a Roadmap to Ensure AI Benefits All

An international symposium aimed at building capacity and exploring ideas for data democratization and inclusion in the age of AI. More

Publication
Nov 27, 2017

Accountability of AI Under the Law: The Role of Explanation

The paper reviews current societal, moral, and legal norms around explanations, and then focuses on the different contexts under which an explanation is currently required under… More

News
Nov 22, 2017

A Legal Anatomy of AI-generated Art: Part I

This Comment, published in the JOLT Digest, is the first in a two-part series on how lawyers should think about art generated by artificial intelligences, particularly with regard… More

Publication
Nov 20, 2017

A Layered Model for AI Governance

​AI-based systems are “black boxes,” resulting in massive information asymmetries between the developers of such systems and consumers and policymakers. More

Publication
Nov 9, 2017

An Open Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

This open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers— is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk assessment… More

Event
Oct 24, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

How the Networked Age is Changing Humanitarian Disasters

How is technology changing humanitarian crises? Is information humanitarian aid? Do we need a new Geneva Convention for cyberwarfare? More

Event
Oct 18, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Deep Mediatization: Social Order in the Age of Datafication

Social order - what counts as order in the social world - is changing in the digital era, the era of deep mediatization. How can social theory help us understand this shift, and… More

Event
Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

HUBweek 2017: Programming the Future of AI

Ethics, Governance, and Justice

How do we prepare court systems, judges, lawyers, and defendants to interact with autonomous systems? What are the potential societal costs to human autonomy, dignity, and due… More

Event
Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

How to Watch Them Watching You

Researching Social Media, Online Platforms, and Algorithmic Systems From the Outside

Join us at the University of Michigan for a discussion with Eric Gilbert, Cedric Langbort, Jeff Larson, Casey Pierce, and Christo Wilson on how researchers can navigate and… More

Event
Sep 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

The Computer Says No

The Bad News About Online Discrimination in Algorithmic Systems

Join us at the University of Michigan for a discussion with Solon Barocas, J. Nathan Matias, H. V. Jagadish, and Christian Sandvig on the potential for discrimination and digital… More

Event
Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The Line Between Hate and Debate

featuring Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Professor Jonathan Zittrain

As society figures out what is acceptable and what is harmful, can technology play a role in improving online debate? More

Event
Sep 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Technology for the Social Good

featuring Jonathan Zittrain

If you’re interested in connecting with the Berkman Klein Center's research, community, and events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on… More

News

Artificial Intelligence's Fair Use Crisis

In the United States, the copyright law mechanism most likely to facilitate machine learning’s uses of protected data is the fair use doctrine. However, current fair use…

Sep 7, 2017
News
Aug 25, 2017

Algorithms in the Criminal Justice System

Assessing the Use of Risk Assessments in Sentencing

This paper focuses on the incorporation of risk assessment software into the criminal sentencing process, and offers a set of key considerations and questions for further research… More

News
Aug 16, 2017

Partisan Right-Wing Websites Shaped Mainstream Press Coverage Before 2016 Election, Berkman Klein Study Finds

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today released a comprehensive analysis of online media and social media coverage of the 2016 presidential… More

Publication
Aug 16, 2017

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

In this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. More

News
Aug 8, 2017

Harmful Speech Online: At the Intersection of Algorithms and Human Behavior

A workshop exploring how algorithms and human behavior can both enable and prevent harmful speech online

How do algorithms and human behavior intersect to impact the spread and study of harmful speech online? More

Event
Aug 7, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

MACHINE EXPERIENCE

metaLAB AI Art Exhibition, Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

metaLAB exhibits five new artistic projects playfully and critically engaging different aspects of Artificial Intelligence at Harvard Art Museum's Lightbox Gallery from August 8… More

Course

Compliance and Computation Overview

What is the role of the law and of lawyers in a machine learning/AI world? More

Event
Jul 11, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Weapons of Math Destruction

How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Please join us for a timely discussion of the role of data science in public life. All are welcome at this free event open to the public! More

News
Jul 10, 2017

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund Commits $7.6 Million to Support the Development of AI in the Public Interest

With the Berkman Klein Center and  MIT Media Lab as academic anchor institutions, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund announced today funding for nine… More

News
Jun 27, 2017

AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

We as a society are only beginning to understand the ethical, legal, and regulatory challenges associated with AI, as well as develop appropriate governance models and responses. More

News
Jun 20, 2017

Join Our 2018 AI Assembly Cohort!

At the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab seek technologists with diverse skill sets to confront the concrete and constantly… More

News
Jun 1, 2017

AI Advance

A Community Convening at Harvard Law School to advance the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Reflecting and engaging on the societal challenges of AI and related technologies More

Event
Apr 11, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

AI & Society

featuring Joi Ito and Iyad Rahwan of the MIT Media Lab

ISIS. Trump. Uber. The 1%. What if all these phenomena reflect the same forces? What if you could understand those forces? More

Event
Apr 4, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Algorithmic Consumers

with Professors Michal Gal, University of Haifa, and Niva Elkin-Koren, Visting Professor of Law at HLS

Hate shopping? The next generation of e-commerce will be conducted by digital agents, based on algorithms that will not only make purchase recommendations, but will also predict… More

News
Jan 10, 2017

Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to Collaborate on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Supported by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Hewlett Foundation, and more

Several foundations and funders today announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops… More

News
May 9, 2016

Computers Gone Wild: Impact and Implications of Developments in Artificial Intelligence on Society

A summary of the second “Computers Gone Wild: Impact and Implications of Developments in Artificial Intelligence on Society” workshop, which took place on February 19, 2016 at… More


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Harvard Business Review

Is AI Bias a Corporate Social Responsibility Issue?

Improving algorithms isn’t just good for your company, Mutale Nkonde says

Nov 4, 2019
WBUR

Your AI Interviewer Will See You Now

Ifeoma Ajunwa joins WBUR to discuss the use of AI in hiring processes

Oct 30, 2019
Medium

Why Do Companies and Cities Invest in AI Ethics and Governance?

Meeri Haataja outlines motivations for companies to address AI

Oct 30, 2019
Financial Times

Can you believe your eyes? How deepfakes are coming for politics

Mutale Nkonde discusses the need to regulate deepfakes

Oct 24, 2019
Public Books

Designing AI with Justice

How the design of sociotechnical systems can be one means of dismantling or transforming systems of oppression

Oct 23, 2019
Medium

Introducing AI Blindspot: A Call for Tech to Think Holistically and Spot Risks

How can teams prevent structural inequalities and their unconscious biases from affecting AI systems?

Oct 22, 2019
Cyberlaw Clinic

Cyberlaw Clinic teams with Cathy O’Neil for HUD Comment

The comment concerns proposed revisions to the so-called “disparate impact” rule

Oct 21, 2019
MEEDIA

How Journalists Can Reveal Algorithm Maladies

Mutale Nkonde discusses how algorithmic decisionmaking systems reproduce structural racism

Oct 18, 2019
MIT Technology Review

Can you make AI fairer than a judge?

Mutale Nkonde contributed to courtroom algorithm game from MIT Tech Review

Oct 17, 2019
The New York Times

What Happens When Employers Can Read Your Facial Expressions?

The benefits do not come close to outweighing the risks, writes Woodrow Hartzog

Oct 17, 2019
Medium

Establishing a Commission in MA re: Use of AI in State Government

Testimony shared with the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight of the Massachusetts Legislature

Oct 15, 2019
The New York Times

Beware of Automated Hiring

How do we make sure that automated hiring platforms do not worsen employment discrimination?

Oct 8, 2019
WIRED

The Ties That Bind Facebook's Libra

Facebook says its cryptocurrency will be managed by an independent group, but an analysis finds more than half of the members have links back to the social media giant.

Oct 7, 2019
MIT Technology Review

This is how you kick facial recognition out of your town

Mutale Nkonde says a federal ban is unlikely

Oct 4, 2019
The Harvard Gazette

Is technology evil?

HubWeek discussion looks at the ethics of individuals and an industry

Oct 4, 2019
Hack the Process

David Weinberger Encourages Us to Embrace Chaos on Hack the Process Podcast

What machine learning has to teach the experts in business strategy, and more

Sep 30, 2019
OneZero

Why You Can’t Really Consent to Facebook’s Facial Recognition

While the social media platform’s latest approach to facial recognition appears to respect user’s choices, the offer is so tainted we can’t truly agree to it

Sep 30, 2019
Fast Company

5 simple rules to make AI a force for good

BKC fellow Mutale Nkonde shares suggestions for making A.I. a force for good

Sep 20, 2019
Mind the Product

Product, Society, and Ethics

Kathy Pham reflects on the importance of asking societal and ethical questions in product organizations

Sep 20, 2019
SSRN

No Rage Against the Machines

Threat of Automation Does Not Change Policy Preferences, finds Baobao Zhang

Sep 19, 2019
MIT Technology Review

A facial recognition ban is coming to the US, says an AI policy advisor

Mutale Nkonde discusses potential federal restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology

Sep 18, 2019
Harvard Gazette

Harvard students explore ethics in tech

Assembly Student Fellowship convenes students to tackle the biggest issues in tech today.

Sep 1, 2019
BBC

The ‘ghost work’ powering tech magic

Armies of workers help power the technological wizardry that is reshaping our lives – but they are invisible and their jobs are precarious.

Sep 1, 2019

Emerging Technology & Human Rights

Domain experts from MIT, Harvard, and RightsCon offer insight into the intersection of emerging tech and human rights.

Aug 31, 2019
ZDNET

Teaching Machines to Autonomously Write Stories

An interview with David Weinberger

Aug 30, 2019

Ethical Implications of AI and Ubuntu as an Intervention

BKC fellow proposes guidelines to build better tools that can safeguard society

Aug 29, 2019
SmartCitiesWorld

Take off your tech goggles

Ben Green offers insights into why technology is not an end in itself

Aug 16, 2019
The New York Times

A.I. Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.

Inside the labor-intensive process that enables AI’s creation.

Aug 16, 2019
Medium

Training the next generation of ethical techies

Tech, policy, and ethics training should begin in undergraduate studies, Zuckerman says

Aug 14, 2019
The Washington Times

Women, men sharply divided on driverless cars

Women are far less enthusiastic about the prospect of driverless cars than men, recent studies show.

Aug 13, 2019
Tech Crunch

Why AI needs more social workers

BKC Faculty Associate Desmond Patton shares his perspective

Aug 9, 2019
Vox

Trump wants to “detect mass shooters before they strike.” It won’t work.

Predictive AI is too flawed — both technically and ethically — to prevent another El Paso or Dayton.

Aug 7, 2019
Wired

Why Some Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology

BKC’s Gretchen Greene talks about the controversy surrounding facial recognition technology

Aug 6, 2019
Communications of the ACM

Embedded EthiCS: Integrating Ethics Across CS Education

Embedded EthiCS employs a distributed pedagogy that makes ethical reasoning an integral component of courses throughout the standard computer science curriculum.

Aug 6, 2019
Wired

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

The rapid adoption of the technology by the government has triggered a debate about the algorithms’ trustworthiness and how they are being used.

Aug 6, 2019
Medium

Intellectual Debt: With Great Power Comes Great Ignorance

What Technical Debt Can Teach Us About the Dangers of AI Working Too Well

Jul 24, 2019
The New Yorker

The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking

Jonathan Zittrain argues that overreliance on artificial intelligence may put us in intellectual debt

Jul 23, 2019

Technical Flaws of Pretrial Risk Assessments Raise Grave Concerns

Twenty-seven prominent researchers from MIT, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, UC Berkeley and Columbia have signed an open statement of concern regarding the use of actuarial risk…

Jul 17, 2019
Medium

Takeaways from the Ethical Tech Industry Workshop

What could an industry standard for socially responsible, ethically-attuned technologies look like?

Jul 15, 2019
The Harvard Gazette

Palo Alto event showcases Harvard tech startup scene

Jonathan Zittrain delivers an energetic presentation on the ethical responsibilities of tech companies toward consumers in the era of artificial intelligence.

Jul 11, 2019
AAMC News

Will artificial intelligence replace doctors?

Exploring AI’s role in the medical field

Jul 9, 2019
Present Value

Ethical Challenges with Technology in the Workplace

Ifeoma Ajunwa discusses the interplay of law and technology in the multiple stages of an employee’s journey

Jul 8, 2019
The Guardian

Could ‘fake text’ be the next global political threat?

An AI fake text generator that can write paragraphs in a style based on just a sentence has raised concerns about its potential to spread false information

Jul 4, 2019

Berkman Klein team launches Moral Labyrinth website

Moral Labyrinth is an art installation, workshop, and website inspired by the Value Alignment Problem in AI

Jun 27, 2019
MIT Technology Review

Rediet Abebe named to MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35

BKC affiliate Rediet Abebe uses algorithms and AI to improve access to opportunity for historically marginalized communities.

Jun 26, 2019
Irish Tech News

How Technology Affects Our Ideas

A Q&A with BKC’s David Weinberger, author of “Everyday Chaos”

Jun 25, 2019
Diversity in Action

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Separating fact from fiction in the new Wild West of technology

Jun 21, 2019
STAT News

What if AI in health care is the next asbestos?

Artificial intelligence is often hailed as a great catalyst of medical innovation, a way to find cures to diseases that have confounded doctors and make health care more efficient…

Jun 19, 2019
The New York Times

Singapore’s Governing Framework for Artificial Intelligence

BKC Executive Director Urs Gasser comments on Singapore’s Framework for AI

Jun 18, 2019
The Sociable

AI can assist in parenthood but it cannot replace parents

BKC’s Judith Donath lends insight into the role of AI in parenting

Jun 13, 2019
Lawfare

Safety and Security in a Digital World

Chinmayi Arun hosts a discussion with Microsoft President during 2019 Verify Conference

Jun 12, 2019
Medium

Navigating AI’s Moral Labyrinth at MozFest

Sarah Newman discusses her Moral Labyrinth installation

Jun 10, 2019
WUWM

The Quest For Inclusive & Ethical Technology

Sabelo Mhlambi discusses why technology cannot be neutral

Jun 10, 2019
SSRN

AI and the Global South: Designing for Other Worlds

Chinmayi Arun on how AI affects, and will continue to affect, the Global South

Jun 9, 2019
MIT Technology Review

The AI gig economy is coming for you

The AI industry runs on the invisible labor of humans working in isolated and often terrible conditions—and the model is spreading to more and more businesses.

May 31, 2019
Fast Company

Want to fix big tech? Change what classes are required for a computer science degree

When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work,…

May 28, 2019
MIT News

Algorithmic fairness tools explored at MIT Policy Hackathon

A BKC team tasked hackathon participants with developing a new resource for policymakers

May 21, 2019
TechTarget

Surveillance technology under fire, amid growing societal concerns

As San Francisco halts city use of facial recognition technology, CIOs could see more regulatory actions against surveillance technology -- and more limits on their use of data.

May 21, 2019
Wired

Some US Cities Are Moving into Real-Time Facial Surveillance

Gretchen Greene lends insight into the adoption of facial recognition technology in police departments across the U.S.

May 17, 2019
Medium

The Bizarre Accuracy of Online Ads

A Case Study of Trackers on the Internet

Ad tracking services are disturbingly effective.

May 17, 2019
Wired

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Yochai Benkler shares concerns about industry’s influence on AI governance and research

May 16, 2019
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Unboxing Artificial Intelligence

10 steps to protect Human Rights

May 14, 2019
The Atlantic

The AI Supply Chain Runs on Ignorance

Tech companies often fail to tell users how their data will be employed. Sometimes, the firms can’t even anticipate it themselves.

May 14, 2019
GeekWire

‘Ghost Work’ explores the ups and mostly downs of the hidden gig economy

Siddharth Suri and BKC’s Mary Gray discuss their book “Ghost Work” with GeekWire

May 14, 2019
The Verge

How Silicon Valley’s successes are fueled by an underclass of ‘ghost workers’

The invisible labor that makes our technology run

May 13, 2019
Wired

Spend Part of the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan on Robots

Advances in robotics, hardware, and artificial intelligence have combined to make a new vision possible for how infrastructure maintenance and repair is carried out.

May 5, 2019
Harvard Magazine

Cities Too Smart for Their Own Good?

There is a lot of hype about “smart cities,” but Ben Green argues the tools may have darker potential.

May 2, 2019
Medium

Is Artificial Intelligence Good for Our Health?

Maintaining agency in a human augmented health system

Apr 29, 2019
Medium

Industry efforts aren’t about to disrupt tech’s ethics problem

Frameworks like Ethical OS are a step in the right direction, but are they enough?

Apr 26, 2019
SSRN

Beyond Bias: Re-imagining the Terms of "Ethical AI" in Criminal Law

Do predictive tools reflect and reinforce punitive practices that drive disparate outcomes? How do data regimes interact with the penal ideology to naturalize these practices?

Apr 25, 2019
Medium

Can algorithms themselves be biased?

The short answer is, “yes, but it doesn’t really matter when compared to the choice to use machine learning.”

Apr 24, 2019
Wired

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future

We should challenge the cult of Singularity. AI won't take over the world

Apr 24, 2019
Medium

What Do We Owe to the Internet’s “First Responders?”

Experts share perspectives on the ethics and legality of how social platforms moderate content

Until AI catches up, tens of thousands of human content moderators all around the world will continue to ingest thousands of posts of potentially toxic posts on social media,…

Apr 17, 2019
Crossroads

Facial recognition is the plutonium of AI

"It's dangerous, racializing, and has few legitimate uses; facial recognition needs regulation and control on par with nuclear waste."

Apr 17, 2019
Boston Globe

Can predictive policing help stamp out racial profiling?

Some algorithms assume crime in one location leads to others nearby. Others identify specific people most likely to be involved in violence. Both can lead to discrimination.

Apr 17, 2019
The Christian Science Monitor

Is America’s media divide destroying democracy?

Fox News in the Trump Era has been labeled “state TV.” Conservatives have complained about liberal media bias for decades. Separate media spheres have created separate realities –…

Apr 16, 2019
Medium

Machine Learning Widens the Gap Between Knowledge and Understanding

“We’re beginning to accept that the true complexity of the world far outstrips the laws and models we devise to explain it.”

Apr 15, 2019
Redtail

A Talk with Smart City Skeptic, Ben Green

Ben Green's work as a data scientist in city governments informed his critical view of the "smart city" tech that could influence city life and society for decades to come.

Apr 14, 2019
StateScoop

'Smart city' technology alone cannot solve social problems, author argues

Ben Green argues that cities are adopting “smart” technology without thinking through the political ramifications of the technology.

Apr 12, 2019
The Boston Globe

So There Are People Behind Alexa’s Curtain. Will Anyone Care?

Making smart speakers and technologies smarter, but what about privacy?

Apr 11, 2019
MIT Press

The Smart Enough City

Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

Taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality

Apr 9, 2019
Just Security

The Pentagon Wants to Streamline Security Clearances by Using AI. That’s a Dangerous Idea.

Emerging AI and security clearance at the Department of Defense

Apr 8, 2019
NPR

Cornell Professor Ifeoma Ajunwa Discusses Artificial Intelligence Used In Hiring

Is it possible for AI to completely eliminate human bias in the hiring process? Ifeoma Ajunwa doesn't think so.

Apr 8, 2019
Digital Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School

Can Data Become Part of a Development Strategy?

Data should become an enabler of new models of cooperative growth

Apr 2, 2019
Sabelo.io

God in the image of white men: Creation myths, power asymmetries and AI

Dismantling inequality in AI with marginalized voices in leadership

Mar 30, 2019
Harvard Law Today

Medical AI systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks

With HMS and MIT faculty, Zittrain and Bowers co-author report in Science Journal

medical machine-learning systems may be uniquely susceptible to attacks

Mar 26, 2019
Wired

Machines Shouldn’t Have to Spy On Us to Learn

How do we expand the benefits of machine learning, while protecting privacy?

Mar 25, 2019
Medium

Why AI Needs Social Workers and “non-tech” Folks

Incorporating social work and values into community-based AI research

Mar 24, 2019
Spectrum

Bracing Medical AI Systems for Attacks

There’s new advice on how to handle tampering that fools algorithms and enables healthcare fraud

Laying groundwork for resilience against real-world adversarial attacks

Mar 22, 2019
New York Review of Books

Fall from Grace

"Network Propaganda" shines a light on the dark side of democracy.

Mar 21, 2019
Harvard Law Today

The “Smart Enough” City

Can the cities of tomorrow be both technologically advanced and socially just?

The promise of Smart Cities often fails to acknowledge the complex political and social factors of cities, which may cause short and long term harms to residents and democracy

Mar 21, 2019
News

Adversarial attacks on medical AI: A health policy challenge

Emerging vulnerabilities demand new conversations

Technical solutions alone aren't enough to address vulnerabilities in machine learning systems

Mar 21, 2019
LegalTech News

Harvard and MIT Fund Deepfake Detection, Government Transparency AI Tools

Awarding $750,000 to seven organizations, including ones that help detect deepfakes and promote open access of government data

AI and the News Announces winners

Mar 19, 2019
The Commons

What might someone else do in five years, when they’re sitting in your chair?

Stopping to think about the ethics and unintended consequences of new technology.

Mar 6, 2019
Metropolis

Cities Are Not Technology Problems: What Smart Cities Companies Get Wrong

Many companies equate new technology with innovation, but actual innovation in cities means using tech in concert with bureaucracy, on-the-ground awareness, and challenging political choices.

Innovation can mean more than just "use new technology."

Mar 4, 2019
The Hill

Machines don’t necessarily fix our biases, they mirror them.

We should not trust an algorithm unless it can be reviewed and audited in meaningful ways.

Feb 13, 2019
UNESCO

Artificial Intelligence and Creativity

Some artists now work with algorithms, and that's giving us a whole new view on human creativity

Feb 11, 2019
Working Paper

A User-Focused Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for AI-Enabled Health Tech Governance

A research agenda for stakeholders to proactively collaborate and design AI technologies that work with users to improve their health and wellbeing

Feb 4, 2019
Medium

Detain/Release

Simulating algorithmic risk assessments at pretrial

A legal education simulation puts students in the role of a county judge at a bail hearing, and prompts them to detain or release individual defendants pending trial.

Jan 8, 2019
sabelo.io

Ethics and Technology

How ethics embeds in technology

Jan 7, 2019
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Justice Matters with Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy discusses the complex challenges of the human rights movement in the face of emerging technology and artificial intelligence.

Dec 21, 2018
Medium

Law and Adversarial Machine Learning

A survey of existing legal remedies for attacks that have been demonstrated on machine learning systems, and suggests some potential areas of exploration for machine learning…

Dec 20, 2018
Resource

Embedded EthiCS

Embedded EthiCS is a collaboration between philosophers and computer scientists led by faculty from both fields

Dec 17, 2018
Harvard Magazine

Ethics and the dawn of decision-making machines

Even a thoughtfully designed algorithm must make decisions based on inputs from a flawed, imperfect, unpredictable, idiosyncratic real world

Dec 17, 2018
Undark

Don't Worry About Deepfakes. Worry About Why People Fall for Them.

There are good reasons to believe that deepfakes will not be a threat in the near future, and that they, in fact, may never pose a significant threat.

Dec 13, 2018
Washington Times

A.I. experts warn of loss of free will, need for morality

"By 2030, most social situations will be facilitated by bots"

Dec 11, 2018
Medium

Build first and ask questions later?

Three hidden vulnerabilities of artificial intelligence

Three dangerous properties of AI that could be setting us up for another painful process of self-correction

Dec 10, 2018
Video

Human Rights, Ethics, and Artificial Intelligence with Harvard Techtopia Students

Harvard students participating in Harvard's inaugural Techtopia group on human rights, ethics, and artificial intelligence.

Dec 9, 2018
sabelo.io

Technology and Development in an Anti-Black World

Technology and Development in an Anti-Black world for a better world require an inquiry into the nature of power.

Dec 8, 2018
Techtopia

Discussing Human Rights, Ethics, and Artificial Intelligence with Harvard Techtopia Students

Hear from students participating in Harvard's inaugural Techtopia group on human rights, ethics, and artificial intelligence.

Dec 6, 2018
News

Facebook leader sits down with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses the social media giant’s ‘long year’ with Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert.

Dec 5, 2018
How We Get to Next

What Our Tech Ethics Crisis Says About the State of Computer Science Education

If you work in tech and you’re not thinking about ethics, you’re bad at your job

The problem with “I’m just an engineer” isn’t the engineer’s inability to identify all relevant ethical implications — it’s that they don’t think it’s their job to do so.

Dec 5, 2018
Bloomberg

The Bloomberg 50: The People Who Defined Global Business in 2018

Rediet Abebe earns a place on the annual Bloomberg 50

Her research focuses on how algorithms can be applied to health, education, and housing.

Dec 4, 2018
Forbes

Why AI Needs To Reflect Society

Greater diversity within research communities can control for bias in this process.

Nov 29, 2018
scholar.harvard.edu

Disparate Interactions: An Algorithm-in-the-Loop Analysis of Fairness in Risk Assessments

How do people respond to the predictions made by pretrial risk assessments?

Nov 29, 2018
Digital HKS

Big Data, Meager returns?

There is no easy fix to the asymmetries existing between developing and developed countries.

Nov 28, 2018
The Economist

AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying

Artificial intelligence was born of organisational decision-making and state power; it needs human ethics

Nov 26, 2018
Forbes Mexico

MIT awards Paola Villareal for translating the racial bias in the US into data

BKC affliate Paola Villareal wins the Inovators Under 35 Latam award for a tool that reversed 20,000 sentences based on discriminatory arrests

Nov 16, 2018
Boston Review

Selling Outrage

Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media is our best hope for tempering the radical right.

Nov 12, 2018
Boston Magazine

Jonny Sun's New Art Project in Cambridge Is a Sitcom, Starring You

The Twitter celebrity's Laughing Room features a laugh track powered by artificial intelligence

Nov 9, 2018
Boston Globe

Want to be on a sitcom? Illustrator Jonny Sun is opening an interactive art exhibit in Cambridge

An immersive project that examines the intersection of art, technology, and privacy

Nov 9, 2018
Harvard Law Today

Algorithms and their unintended consequences for the poor

Algorithms may be intended to have a positive impact, but what happens when the opposite occurs?

Nov 7, 2018
Medium

Buying your First AI

or “Never Trust a Used Algorithm Salesman”

A skeptic's guide to the market for AI technologies, especially for government and policymakers

Nov 7, 2018
LA Times

How the 'propaganda feedback loop' of right-wing media keeps more than a quarter of Americans siloed

Why is there so often no overlap, no resemblance whatsoever between the news events reported in mainstream print and broadcast coverage?

Nov 7, 2018
Washington Post

Blame Fox, not Facebook, for fake news

"The highly asymmetric pattern of media ecosystems we observe on the right and the left, despite the fact that Facebook and Twitter usage is roughly similar on both sides,…

Nov 6, 2018
Voice of America

VR Project Highlights Social Media Policing

Police gather on social media in order to prevent and investigate criminal activity. But the clues found within aren't always conclusive

Nov 6, 2018
New Hampshire Union Leader

Deepfakes

the next threat to our elections?

Can fake doctored videos — known as “deepfakes” — impact elections?

Nov 3, 2018
Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Rise of Fake News

On the surge in misinformation since the 2016 elections

Nov 2, 2018
El Pais

Artificial intelligence forces us to revise our idea of ​​justice

Technological advances such as artificial intelligence applied to the Internet of things are allowing the machines not only to connect with each other, but also to create their…

Oct 27, 2018
Harvard Law Today

‘Network Propaganda’ takes a closer look at media and American politics

"Professional mainstream media — both in its professional centrist model, and in its highly commercially successful right-wing model — is the scaffolding on which everything else…

Oct 23, 2018
Engagement Lab

How do we make smart cities civic?

An open toolkit that helps make smart cities work for everyone

Oct 23, 2018
Medium

The Black Mirror Writer's Room

Teaching Technology Ethics through Speculation

Teaching technologists to think critically about responsibility and ethics is one way to keep our lives from into turning into a Black Mirror episode

Oct 15, 2018
News

It’s not enough for AI to be “ethical”; it must also be “rights respecting”

On the importance of thinking about both the human rights implications and the ethics of AI.

Oct 9, 2018

3 strategies journalists can use to uncover the effects of AI

Journalists have a new task at hand: to report on what information tech companies collect and to surface the extent to which public institutions use personal data

Oct 4, 2018
Statistics at a Crossroads

Please Stop Doing Explainable ML

Cynthia Rudin shares her 10 minute presentation, “Please Stop Doing Explainable ML.”

Oct 2, 2018
Cato Institute

Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

Yochai Benkler at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Sep 28, 2018
News

Evaluating the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights

Profiling six areas where current deployments of artificial intelligence are having an impact on human rights

Sep 27, 2018
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Network Propaganda

A discussion on how to think about technology, politics, and media in the post-truth moment

Sep 26, 2018
Video

Tech Leadership in an Era of Digital (Mis)Trust

New policies aim to protect the privacy and security of personal data. How can trust be strengthened in the digital economy?

Sep 20, 2018
DMEXCO

The Internet, AI and keeping Marketing Human

"We're all so aware of AI's tremendous power as a tool for manipulating customers and citizens that there are official calls to make AI dumber"

Sep 13, 2018
InfoQ

Ethics in Computing, from Academia to Industry

Considerations of ethics, social responsibility, and long-term impacts of software industry products

Aug 29, 2018
Medium

Filling the void Alex Jones left behind

How social media bans reshape the filter bubble

Aug 8, 2018
ITU News

Practical lessons for regulating autonomous vehicles

An interview with Aida Joaquin Acosta summing up key points from 4 new policy papers on autonomous vehicles

Aug 6, 2018
Wired

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

How cultural differences account for our feelings about technology

Jul 30, 2018
Journal of Design and Science

Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

Listening to the voices of the most marginalized people "is essential if we want to make space for many worlds, many ways of being, knowing, and doing, in our visions of A.I. and…

Jul 27, 2018
Law and Political Economy blog

The Role of Technology in Political Economy

Yochai Benkler describes the limitations of the popular view of economic inequality and technology

Jul 25, 2018
Medium

You Are Entering an Ephemeral Bio-allowed Data Capture Zone

Regulating, not banning, facial recognition technology

Jul 23, 2018
Medium

Designing Frameworks that Allow for Intentions, Commitments and Exuberance in AI

How should we think about the ethical implications of AI-powered products and services?

Jul 2, 2018
CNN

When a robot writes your news, what happens to democracy?

In the not-so-distant future, we will be presented with the version of the news we wish to read -- not the news that some reporter, columnist or editorial board decides we need…

Feb 27, 2018
Medium

Putting the J(ustice) in FAT

Ben Green calls for the disentanglement of the concepts of unfairness and injustice within the Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency movement.

Feb 26, 2018
Wired

Dont' Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency

In this Wired op-ed, David Weinberger discusses the implications around…

Jan 28, 2018
Economic & Political Weekly

Interactions with the Right to Privacy: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and big data present new challenges to protecting our right to privacy both online and offline.

Dec 23, 2017

Data is power: Towards additional guidance on profiling and automated decision-making in the GDPR

In this article, the authors propose suggestions to contribute to the development of guidelines which provide the strongest protections for data subjects.

Nov 15, 2017
Medium

Is artificial intelligence a ticket to Borges’ Babylon?

A thought experiment under construction

How to think about A.I. through the lens of Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Lottery in Babylon”

Nov 8, 2017
Medium

Artificial Intelligence in Christian Thought and Practice

This series published by Christian computer scientists J. Nathan Matias, Lydia Manikonda, Scott Hale, and Kenneth Arnold introduces questions for Christians about AI and its role…

Oct 19, 2017
Medium

Algorithmic Consumer Protection

To manage the risks and benefits of AI, we need to look beyond the fairness and accuracy of AI decisions.

As society entrusts our safety and well-being to AI systems like this one, how can we ensure that the outcomes are beneficial?

Oct 9, 2017
News

Artificial Intelligence's Fair Use Crisis

In the United States, the copyright law mechanism most likely to facilitate machine learning’s uses of protected data is the fair use doctrine. However, current fair use…

Sep 7, 2017
Medium

The Robot Dog Fetches for Whom?

"A boy sits with his dog at the edge of a beautiful and serene lake. Under the blue sky, the far shore is visible, with a short wide beach and green woods behind it. The boy…

May 7, 2017
Video

Openness and Oversight of Artificial Intelligence

Jonathan Zittrain, faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center and Professor at Harvard Law School

Jonathan Zittrain discusses the role regulators and oversight groups might play as AI becomes more and more woven into the fabric of society

Jan 11, 2017
Video

The Geographic Opportunities and Challenges of AI

Malavika Jayaram of the Digital Asia Hub

Malavika Jayaram discusses the language we use to talk about Artificial Intelligence, and the impact of AI in Asia.

Jan 11, 2017
Video

Designing AI to Complement Humanity

Barbara Grosz of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University

Barbara Grosz discusses how we are developing AI to complement, rather than displace, humanity

Jan 11, 2017
Video

AI and Human Development

Kate Darling of the MIT Media Lab at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Kate Darling discusses how interacting with artificially intelligent human agents can have impacts on human behavioral development

Jan 11, 2017
Video

Social and Ethical Challenges of AI

danah boyd of Data & Society

danah boyd of Data & Society discusses how society could engage AI to reduce, rather than exacerbate, existing social challenges.

Jan 11, 2017
Video

AI Threats to Civil Liberties and Democracy

Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi

Chinmayi Arun discusses the challenges unchecked AI development could pose to civil liberties in Asia.

Jan 11, 2017
Video

AI and Ethical Design

Beth Altringer of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & the Graduate School of Design

Beth Altringer discusses how to design AI systems with ethics in mind.

Jan 11, 2017

Projects, Programs, and Tools 11

AI: Algorithms and Justice

The use of algorithms in the judiciary has already raised significant questions about bias and fairness, and looking ahead the moral questions become even more challenging. More

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

AI: Global Governance and Inclusion

In a world challenged by growing domestic and international inequalities, policymakers face hard problems and difficult choices when dealing with AI systems. More

AI: Media and Information Quality

As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions. More

AI: Transparency and Explainability

There are many ways to hold AI systems accountable. We focus on issues related to obtaining human-intelligible and human-actionable information. More

Assembly: Disinformation

Assembly: Disinformation takes up disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective. The program convenes cohorts of experts, professionals, and students More

Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform

The DCRP is an evolving collection of tools that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression. More

Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18) and digital technology. More

metaLAB (at) Harvard

Explores the digital arts and humanities through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions More

Course

Applied Ethical and Governance Challenges in AI - Spring 2019

This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use. More

Course

Compliance and Computation Overview

What is the role of the law and of lawyers in a machine learning/AI world? More


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