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HAI plays a leading role not only in producing critical scholarship on AI governance and appropriate uses, but by also serving as a convener of national and global AI discussions.

Policy Impact

At HAI, we believe AI should be inspired by human intelligence, developed to augment human capabilities, and designed and applied with consideration for its impact on people and society. Stanford HAI engages with AI leaders across all sectors and trains policymakers around the world on these issues, and has uniquely positioned itself to be a natural hub for policy impact in human-centered AI.

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Fei-Fei Li discussing policy with 2 other Stanford HAI members
Marietje Schaake speaking from a podium
Fei-Fei Li and John Etchemendy in front of the White House
Policy Publications

Stanford HAI leverages the university’s strength across disciplines—such as computer science, business, economics,
education, law, literature, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, sustainability, and more—to create innovative research
on AI. We translate cutting-edge, multidisciplinary AI research for the policy audience and produce original AI-related
policy research to equip policymakers with tools to understand and govern the technology.

Policy Outreach and Engagement

Stanford HAI actively engages with government leaders at the national and international level to ensure that cutting-edge AI research is effectively communicated to inform their decision-making. From private briefings to congressional boot camps, Stanford HAI collaborates directly with policymakers to ensure AI policy efforts are developed with a human-centered approach.

Training for Policymakers

Policymakers and regulators are at the front lines of decision-making on emerging technologies such as AI. Recognizing the valuable role they play in the AI governance ecosystem, Stanford HAI has developed specialized training programs to meet their needs. In August 2022, we hosted the Congressional Boot Camp on Artificial Intelligence for Hill staffers, and in October 2022, we launched our first virtual series on the basics of AI for the General Services Administration’s AI Community of Practice.

In the past, we collaborated with the European University Institute to organize an intensive online policy lab on AI for policymakers in the EU and U.S. in 2020 and worked with Stanford campus partners to co-host our first AI and cyber boot camp for Congressional staff in 2019.

Congressional Boot Camp on Artificial Intelligence

Policy Research

National AI Research Resource

HAI led efforts with top universities and lawmakers to create a National AI Research Resource that would provide researchers with compute power and government datasets needed for education and research, and democratize AI research, education, and innovation.

Multilateral AI Research Institute

HAI outlined a blueprint for a democratic partnership on AI  that allows like-minded countries to leverage one another’s resources and competitive advantages to facilitate cutting-edge AI research in a manner that upholds and promotes
democratic values.

AI Audit Challenge

HAI convened a group of academics, policymakers, programmers, and technologists interested in developing better tools for AI governance to seek sumbmissionf of models, solutions, datasets, and tools that improve people’s ability to audit AI systems for illegal discrimination.

Student Opportunities

Emerging Tech Writing Competition

The competition sought innovative policy analysis and solutions to help policymakers map out a human-centric approach to the safe, responsible development and deployment of emerging technologies.

RA Opportunities

The policy team hires Stanford students for policy research assistant roles year-round to support policy research activities.

Tech Ethics & Policy Summer Fellowships

We are welcoming undergraduate and graduate students to apply to our 2023 summer fellowship. Students will be placed at host organizations focusing on responsible technology and policy.

Contact Us

Email for general inquiries about upcoming policy research publications, training programs, briefings, or other policy-related work.