Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to become one of the most transformative technologies in history. Yet the potential benefits of AI also comes with significant societal risks. To explore how best to govern AI, the United Kingdom will host a major global summit on AI safety from 1-2 November.
The AI Safety Summit seeks to develop international consensus on addressing the risks associated with ‘frontier AI’ models – AI technology even more advanced than what exists today, which could severely threaten public safety and global security.
Ahead of the summit, this panel discussion, co-hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will discuss emerging trends in AI and the prospects for achieving meaningful global cooperation on its governance and regulation.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr Brianna Rosen in conversation with Ciaran Martin, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the Blavatnik School of Government; Julie Owono, an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and an inaugural member of the Meta Oversight Board; Roxana Radu, Associate Professor of Digital Technologies and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School; and Robert Trager, Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin AI Governance Initiative.
Please note: this event is online only.
Ciaran Martin, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the Blavatnik School of Government, had a 23-year career in the UK civil service prior to joining the School, including as founding Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, Constitution Director in the Cabinet Office (2011–2014), Director of Security and Intelligence at the Cabinet Office (2008–2011), and Principal Private Secretary to the Head of the Civil Service (2002–2008).
Julie Owono is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and the executive director of Stanford’s Content Policy & Society Lab. At the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights, her research focuses on creating spaces for multi-stakeholder collaborations on major governance and policy challenges posed by technology. She is also the executive director of the French non-profit Internet Sans Frontières, and one of the inaugural members of the Meta Oversight Board.
Roxana Radu, author of the monograph 'Negotiating Internet Governance' (Oxford University Press, 2019), is an Associate Professor of Digital Technologies and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School. Her research focuses on the governance of technology and internet-related policymaking. Since January 2023, she is the elected Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).
Robert Trager is Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin AI Governance Initiative, and International Governance Lead at the Centre for the Governance of AI. He is a recognised expert in the international governance of emerging technologies, diplomatic practice, institutional design, and technology regulation.
Brianna Rosen, Strategy and Policy Fellow at the Blavatnik School, was formerly a US civil servant with a decade of experience on national security and foreign policy issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and the Middle East. During the Obama administration, she was assigned to the White House National Security Council and Office of the Vice President. She is also a Senior Fellow at Just Security.