The global spread of digital platforms and advanced technologies like AI has raised pressing governance questions. What can democratic societies do to ensure the responsible development and deployment of trustworthy AI? And what kind of coalitions and institutions will be required for democratic models of technology governance to take root globally?
Multilateral Coalitions and Technology Governance
Technology has become a defining faultline of geopolitical competition. As schisms over its development, deployment, and governance deepen, officials in Washington, Tokyo, Brussels, and elsewhere need to decide whether a grand technology alliance, or narrow coalitions targeted to specific technologies or policy issues would be best for outcompeting Beijing and Moscow’s authoritarian alternatives. What kind of coalitions, institutions, and approaches will be required for democratic models of technology governance to take root globally?
Over the past 18 months, the Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence has held 9 AI Dialogues, bringing together hundreds of participants, including officials from the UK, U.S., EU, Canada, the UK, Japan, Australia, and Singapore, along with leading experts from academia, the private sector, and civil society, Aaron Tielemans writes.
The United States and Europe are divided on their approach to internet governance, with troubling implications for the future openness of the web.
The global spread of digital platforms has raised pressing governance questions on issues ranging from content moderation to data privacy. How can democratic governments regulate digital platforms responsibly and effectively?
Improving online content moderation will take a range of targeted measures from privacy legislation to competition enforcement, writes Cameron Kerry.
On the TechTank Podcast, Darrell West speaks with Quinta Jurecic about the Facebook Oversight Board’s governance model and its decision on Trump.
Cameron Kerry writes about how the invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework challenges data transfers outside EU borders.
The EU-US Trade and Technology Council should be a catalyst for policy that works to govern the myriad information and content-related problems online and a venue for policymakers to answer pressing questions regarding how to regulate online ecosystems.
Getting rid of Section 230 is a seemingly straightforward way to press platforms to more aggressively moderate content, but repeal is likely to cause significant disruptions in the short to medium term. In the long run, changes will be far less dramatic than either proponents or critics envision.
The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act represent a step toward rewriting the rules of the internet but could still be strengthened to make platforms more transparent.
As AI becomes more powerful and widespread, democratic societies across the globe will need to ensure its development is consistent with democratic values and ethical norms. Achieving these goals will require cooperation among like-minded democracies toward common approaches to that can maximize economic and social opportunities of AI while addressing risks to society and individuals without either a race to the bottom or unnecessary barriers to trade and innovation.
Joshua P. Meltzer and Cameron F. Kerry explain how the Biden administration can strengthen international cooperation on artificial intelligence.
Landry Signé and Joshua Meltzer discuss their proposals for meeting global challenges in technology regulation and artificial intelligence governance.
The fifth in a series of events from Brookings highlighting transformational ideas that comprise the Blueprints for American Renewal & Prosperity.