AI and Big Data in Government Policy

Where: Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia Law School

When: May 3rd, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Who: Paul Nemitz (European Commission, Principal Advisor AI and Big Data), Danny Weitzner (Principal Research Scientist at MIT CSAIL, and Director of MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative), Eben Moglen (President, Software Freedom Law Center)

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On Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Jerome Greene Annex, Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School will present a public discussion on artificial intelligence and big data in government Policy. Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia Law School and President of the Software Freedom Law Center will moderate. Participating will be Daniel J. Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist at MIT CSAIL, and Director of MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative, formerly of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser to the European Commission with special responsibility for AI and Big Data.

It is impossible to look even one decade ahead in the world’s major societies without foreseeing seismic changes in the operation of government and the making of social policy that result from “big data” acquired by mass collection of human behavioral information. “Machine learning,” based on pattern discovery in this immense datascape, and autonomous software-based decision-making often now called “Artificial intelligence” will have profound consequences affecting the nature of democracy, the rule of law, and the structure and function of government institutions. If only we knew what those consequences will be.

In this conversation we will attempt to discover and discuss the forces—technical, political, and legal—that are about to reshape governments and societies worldwide.

If interested in attending, please respond to at your earliest convenience.

Directions to Jerome Greene Annex:

On 116th Street walking from Amsterdam Avenue toward Morningside Drive, make a left into the gated courtyard just past Jerome Greene Hall. Walk to the far end of the courtyard and make a right. The building to your right is the Annex. Its main entrance will be a little further along.

Jerome Greene Annex

Jerome Greene Annex

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