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The 1st International Congress for the Governance of AI (ICGAI 2021)

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A global gathering to focus on initial steps toward international mechanisms for the global governance of artificial intelligence.

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(We will update the information below as appropriate as we make any further additions and/or adjustments):

See full ICGAI description below speakers list.

***Speakers include: Michael Moller (ICGAI chair), Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Ms. Mayumi Endoh, Jaan Tallin, Fabrizio Hochschild, Konstantinos Karachalios, Eileen Donahoe, Stuart Russell, Xue Lan, Anja Kaspersen, Yi Zeng, Angela Kane, Francesca Rossi, Zlatko Lagumdzija, Virginia Dignum, Johan Andresen, Raja Chatila, and many more (see list below).

A full (and growing) list of speakers and titles includes:

Anandan, P. CEO Wadhwani AI

Andresen, Johan, Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG)

Aneja, Urvashi, Director, Centre for Global Governance & Policy and Associate Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs

Aris, Ema, Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo

Asaro, Peter, Vice President, Berggruen Institute; Director of the Institute’s China Center

Brey, Philip, Professor, University of Twente

Bryson, Joanna, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School of Governance

Chatila, Raja, Chair at The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Clark, James, Founder, The World Technology Network (WTN) & The World Congress for a New Civilization; Co-Convenor, ICGAI

Clement-Jones, Tim Lord, Current House of Lords Liberal Democrat spokesman for Digital

Colclough, Christina, Director, UNI Global Union

Coleman, Flynn, Author and International Human Rights Attorney

Cottrell, James, Director of Ancillary Services at Holland & Knight LLP

Dand, Mia, CEO Lighthouse3, AI & Emerging Tech Research Advisory; Founder – Women in AI Ethics ™

Experienced data-driven marketing leader, CEO Lighthouse3.com

Davis, Nicholas, Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Dignum, Virginia, Professor Ethical & Social Artificial Intelligence

Donahoe, Eileen, Executive Director of the Global Digital. Policy Incubator (GDPI), Stanford University

Endoh, Mayumi (Ms) Deputy Director of the Development Co‐operation Directorate

Gal Danit, Technology Advisor at the United Nations

Gasser Urs, Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Green, Cordel, Attorney-at-Law, electronic media regulator, Chief Executive Officer

Green, Brian, Director Technology Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, University of Santa Clara

Haataja, Meeri, CEO & Co-Founder of Saidot, a start-up enabling responsible AI ecosystems

Hadfield, Gillian, Director at Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, University of Toronto

Havens, John Executive Director at The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Havrda, Marek, Policy and Social Impacts Director, GoodAI

Hochschild, Fabrizio, UN 75th Anniversary oversight and Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

Jacquet, Aurelie, Chair of Standards Committee on Artificial Intelligence, Sydney, Australia

Jelinek, Thorsten, Director and senior fellow, entrepreneur and advisor for international policy and strategy, Taihe Institute

Jones, Darren, Member of Parliament, UK

Kai, De 

Kane, Angela, Expert in political relations and negotiations, multilateral affairs, disarmament

Karachalios, Konstantinos, Managing Director, IEEE

Kaspersen, Anja, Director of Disarmament Affairs, UN, Geneva

Lagumdzija, Zlatko, Professor; Former Prime Minister, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lan, Xue, Professor & Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Lannquist Yolanda, Head of Research and Advisory at The Future Society

Laurent, Helena, Director-General, Consumers International

Lee Kok Thong, Josh, Legal Policy Manager for AI Governance, PDPC, Singapore

Leins, Kobi, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne

Michaels, Katina, Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Arizona State University

Muller-Stuller, Eva-Marie, Chief Data Scientist for IBM MEA

Neznamov, Andrey, Executive Director, Sberbank

NourbakshIllah, Professor, Robotics Institute Director, CREATE Lab

O’Heigeartaigh, Sean Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Oluwafemi, Osho, Lecturer in the Department of Cyber Security Science

Prestes, Edson, Member of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation at the United Nations

Rosenthal, Joel H., President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Rossi, Francesca, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

Russell, Stuart, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Leading expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning

Sambuli, Nanjira, Worldwide Web Foundation

Saran, Samir, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Shah, Alpesh, Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence at the IEEE Standards Association

Singh Gill, Amandeep, Indian Ambassador, led various major UN initiatives including CCW GGE and SG’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Song, Bing, Vice President, Berggruen Institute; Director of the Institute’s China Center

Stix, Charlotte, European Commission, Governance and Ethics of AI; Technical University Eindhoven, Forbes 30under30

Stueckelberger, Christof, President and Founder at Globethics.net Foundation, Executive Director at Geneva Agape Foundation

Sundararajan, Arun, Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Technology, Operations, and Statistics 

Sutcliffe, Hilary, Director Society Inside and TIGTech

Thelisson, Eva, Legal researcher on AI Policy, Ethics Expert at the EU Commission (H2020), CEO of the AI Transparency Institute

Wallach Wendell, Chair, Technology and Ethics Studies, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Fellow, CCEIA; Co-Convener, ICGAI

Wolpe,  Paul Root, Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

Yampolskiy, Roman, Associate Professor at the University of Louisville

Zeng, Yi, Professor at Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Brain-inspired Artificial General Intelligence

(OVERVIEW) Welcome to the registration site of the 1st International Congress for the Governance of AI (ICGAI), convened by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the World Technology Network, hosted by and thanks to the generosity of the City of Prague, in association with many other prominent partners. ICGAI will bring together representatives of governments, industry, international organizations, universities, research centers, leaders of underserved nations and communities, and other stakeholders in the AI space. Originally to be held at the Czech Republic's historic National Museum in April 2020, the global pandemic caused us to re-schedule (same wonderful venue) to May 13-15, 2021.

​ICGAI is a collaborative initiative directed at establishing an agile and comprehensive governance framework for artificial intelligence. A full list of organizers, co-chairs, and Advisors can be found here.

Balancing the need for innovation, competition and cooperation, while minimizing risks and undesirable societal consequences poses a daunting international challenge. The framework that are developing together must accommodate input from the various stakeholders, function as a trusted good-faith broker, monitor developments, flag concerns and explore creative means to manage issues through engineering, ethics, and/or oversight. Any new international governance mechanism established is unlikely to have enforcement authority. Nevertheless, it can facilitate cooperation and light coordination between the many stakeholders in the AI space.

Various national and international bodies including the UN, OECD, the EU, the World Economic Forum, IEEE, ISO, PAI and other industry initiated consortia, research centers, and civil society have begun working on standards and best practices. Indeed, more than 50 overlapping lists (as of this writing) of principles to direct the development of AI have been published. To date, no mechanisms exist to lightly coordinate and share the activities of all the various stakeholders, nor any simple way to reduce redundancies in the effort, debate conflicting proposals and, ultimately, safeguard the public interest. ICGAI has been created as a forum for cross-regional discussions and cross-pollination that balances competition with a focus upon means to humanize AI for the greater good.

In working toward the development of a global network for AI we are fully cognizant that many of you are already involved in and even leading overlapping efforts. The ICGAI focus is upon ensuring that a broadly inclusive, cooperative, trustworthy, robust and effective approach to the international governance of AI can be forged, and not upon where the various tasks fulfilled by that network are located. We are hopeful that all parties can work together, and that ICGAI is viewed as a forum for cooperatively addressing daunting implementation challenges. As a first step, we are supporting the implementation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, and contributing to consultations on the proposal to create a multi-stakeholder advisory body for AI. ​

It would be naive to assume the international community can achieve consensus on all issues. Nevertheless, shared values can be underscored, best practices highlighted, and differences debated. The process leading to the first ICGAI is an important step along the way.

Expert workshops in preparation for the Congress in Prague were convened between January and March 2020, in key locations around the world, on the following themes:

  • Agile, Cooperative and Comprehensive International Governance Mechanisms
  • Hard Law and Soft Law in the Governance of AI
  • AI and International Security
  • Minimizing and Managing System Failures
  • Corporate Self-Governance and Accountability
  • Inclusion, just transformation of work and society, and addressing the needs of small nations and underserved communities

The expert participants shared their insights and together formulated specific proposals for the assembled Congress to consider. Those proposals are being refined the months leading up to the full global gathering.

ICGAI has been created as an ongoing catalytic forum. The first large-scale, global event in Prague, important as it is, is just the beginning.

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