Aligning technology governance with democratic values
Technology policy has become a defining issue of global politics. Digital platforms and infrastructures have fostered greater connection and community around the world, but they have also empowered malicious actors and regimes. Likewise, artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies have given rise to new breakthroughs in science and medicine, as well as new forms of surveillance and repression. The new technologies promise greater economic prosperity, but they can also worsen economic disparities that can undermine democratic governance. A central challenge democratic societies face is how to govern advanced technologies in a way that reinforces liberal norms and values while outcompeting authoritarian models.
The global spread of these technologies has raised pressing governance questions. What can democratic societies do to ensure the responsible development and deployment of trustworthy AI? What kind of coalitions and institutions will be required for democratic models of technology governance to take root globally? And how can democratic governments regulate digital platforms responsibly and effectively?
On October 27, the Brookings Global Forum on Democracy and Technology hosted a symposium to address these and other challenges to developing technologies that can strengthen democratic societies around the world.
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The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - United Kingdom
Session I: Platform governance in an era of digital repression
Director, Program on Platform Regulation, Cyber Policy Center - Stanford University
Internet Without Borders
Facebook Oversight Board
Director, Technology and Democracy - Freedom House
Fellow - Governance Studies
Senior Editor - Lawfare
Session II: Multilateral coalitions for technology governance in support of democratic values
Senior Policy Advisor - White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology - Georgetown University
Director - The India Project
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy
International Policy Director - Stanford University Cyber Policy Center
International Policy Fellow - Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI
President - Cyber Peace Institute
Policy Director - Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative
Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Session III: Strengthening international cooperation on AI
Cameron F. Kerry
Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow - Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Joshua P. Meltzer
Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development
Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID) - Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Director, Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency & Accountability - Twitter
Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence - White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
IBM fellow and AI Ethics Global Leader - T.J. Watson IBM Research Lab
Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy - CIFAR
Director - Data61
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