Steering the governance of AI: National strategies in perspective

January 14, 2021

GLODEM AI & CSS Seminar Series

Title: Steering the governance of AI: National strategies in perspective

Date: 21 January 2020 – Thursday

Time:18:00-19:30 (GMT+3)

Place: This seminar will be conducted on Zoom

Presenter: Dr. Roxana Radu, Research Associate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

Moderator: Dr. Merih Angın, Director of MA-CSSL, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Koç University


GLODEM proudly presents the sixth seminar of its AI & CSS Seminar Series with Dr. Roxana Radu’s talk on January 21st.

GLODEM AI & CSS Seminar Series brings together practitioners working on AI usage in various fields and scholars specializing in computational social sciences. The seminar series is moderated by MA-CSSL, which is an interdisciplinary research laboratory at Koç University, established with the purpose of conducting cutting-edge research on the applications of computational methods to social science questions.

Abstract: More and more governments have started releasing their national strategies outlining priorities in adopting artificial intelligence (AI). This presentation focuses on the strategies adopted by more than a dozen countries between 2017 and 2019, reflecting on the dominant regulatory discourses and the (re)definition of the public-private ordering in the making. It contributes to current policy discussions by conceptually structuring the debates and offering a critical perspective of the governance of digital technologies of the future, distilling the proposed approaches for AI and their complex effects from a hybridity perspective. Using qualitative content analysis and comparative methods, the strategies of Canada, China, France, Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and United States are assessed to determine the governance approach envisioned in the sovereigntist AI projects. It argues that purposeful design is at work in the synergistic interplay between the public and the private sector in the governance of AI, highlighting a hybrid configuration that is ethics-oriented rather than rule-based.

Bio: Roxana Radu is a postdoctoral research fellow at the GTGLab and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, working on Internet regulation, algorithms and knowledge production in the public sphere. Until May 2018, she was Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform, a dialogue and capacity building centre for Internet governance and digital policy and was chairing the non-for-profit Internet Society-Switzerland. Roxana holds a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland) and received the Swiss Network of International Studies Award for the Best PhD Thesis in 2017. Her interdisciplinary research and publications focus on international governance and global Internet policy-making.

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