PANEL: Should the Government Regulate AI?

- What are the benefits and challenges surrounding regulation of AI?
- What should be the approach and who should the key stakeholders be?
- How can the general public best be prepared for more widespread use of artificial intelligence?
- What are the current frameworks in place for AI governance, and what is missing?

Steven Kuyan, Managing Director at NYU Tandon Future Labs

Steven also founded and is the editor for NYCai, an organization that works to bring together members of the artificial intelligence community - including researchers and practitioners - for programming, research support, training, and more, all to help prepare NYC for an AI future. Additionally, Steven serves on the board of directors for the Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., and has spoken worldwide on entrepreneurship, incubation, ecosystem development, and artificial intelligence .

Gosia Loj, AI Global Governance Lead at Big Innovation Centre

Gosia leads the vision and implementation of the AI Global Governance Commission that brings together governments, industries and civil society to shape future AI policy and regulations internationally. Gosia has previously worked with several international organisations and the United Nations’ agencies, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), NATO, and the European Commission, in the field of international standards, strategies and regulations as well as innovation management. She was a CEO of a greeNet Solutions start-up for two years prior to joining the Big Innovation Centre. Gosia has lived and worked in 8 countries across Europe and Latin America and speaks English, Polish, Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and French. She has a BSc (Hons) in Politics with Economics from the University of Bath, UK; MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and a Certificate in Executive Programme in Innovation and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Gosia’s passion is humans, behavioural and cognitive science as well as psychology, especially the interaction with machines and its influence on society. She used to be a hip- hop dancer a long time ago…

Dan Ciuriak, Senior Fellow at Centre for International Governance Innovation

Dan Ciuriak is Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), where he writes on the economics of the data-driven economy and the international trade aspects of the digital transformation. He also holds fellowships with the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto) and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (Vancouver), and has a consulting practice specializing in quantitative trade analysis. Previously, he had a 31-year career with the Government of Canada, retiring as Deputy Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada. He is widely published and comments frequently in the media.

Abhishek Gupta, AI Ethics Researcher at McGill University

Abhishek Gupta is the founder of Montreal AI Ethics Institute. His research focuses on applied technical and policy methods to address ethical, safety and inclusivity concerns in using AI in different domains. Abhishek comes from a strong technical background, working as a Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Microsoft in Montreal.

He is also the founder of the AI Ethics community in Montreal that has more than 1350 members from diverse backgrounds who do a deep dive into AI ethics and offer public consultations to initiatives like the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI. His work has been featured by the United Nations, Oxford, Stanford Social Innovation Review, World Economic Forum and he travels frequently across North America and Europe to help governments, industry and academia understand AI and how they can incorporate ethical, safe and inclusive development processes within their work. More information can be found on

Chris Calabrese, Vice President for Policy at Center for Democracy & Technology

Chris Calabrese is the Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) where he oversees CDT’s policy portfolio. Chris has long been an advocate for privacy protections and fostering the responsible use of new technologies including artificial intelligence. Chris has testified before Congress and appeared in many media outlets, including CBS Evening News, Fox News, New York Times and Associated Press. Chris previously served as legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, helped lead several national ACLU campaigns on privacy and was named one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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