AI and Algorithms in Government Conference

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Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to transform how government agencies and public authorities do their work. AI and data-driven algorithms are increasingly being used to inform important decisions, from the allocation of food stamps and the granting of parole to the selection of tax audit targets and the deployment pattern of police patrols. This mini-conference brings together scholars studying the use of AI and algorithmic decision-making in high-stakes policy domains from different perspectives. Together, we aim to promote understanding of the current role this technology plays in government, shed light on the promise and challenges involved in such uses, and provide a platform for discussing how to unlock the potential of AI algorithms to improve public policies while maintaining democratic values and human rights.


Schedule for Friday, April 19, 2024

time activity
8:30 AM Light Breakfast in ISPS Room A001, 77 Prospect Street
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction, ISPS Room A002, 77 Prospect Street

  • Shir Raviv, Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University, and non-resident fellow in the Democratic Innovations Program at ISPS
9:10 AM

Session 1: Current Applications and Implications

Moderator: Seulki Lee-Geiller, Yale University

10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM

Session 2: AI in Criminal Justice

Moderator: Daniel S. Schiff, Purdue University

12:20 PM Lunch, ISPS Room A001
1:40 PM

Session 3: The Politics of Using AI Algorithms in Government

Moderator: Matthias Haslberger, University of St. Gallen

3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM

Roundtable: The Promise and Challenges of Ensuring Responsible AI in Government

  • Hélène Landemore, Yale University (via Zoom)
  • Eliza Oak, Yale University
  • Savannah Thais, Columbia University
  • Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Brown University
  • Baobao Zhang, Syracuse University

Moderator: Alan Gerber, Yale University

5:00 PM Closing Remarks
5:20 PM Conference Adjourns