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Stanford HAI plays a leading role not only in producing critical scholarship on AI governance and appropriate uses, but also by serving as a convener of national and global discussions. At HAI, we believe AI should better understand humans, augment human capabilities, not replace them, and ensure existing disparities are not exacerbated. By engaging AI leaders across all sectors and training policymakers around the world on these issues, Stanford HAI has uniquely positioned itself to be a natural hub for policy impact in human-centered AI.

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Policy Outreach and Engagement

Whether on the Stanford campus, in world capitals, or with local officials, Stanford HAI is convening government leaders to address the societal impacts of AI. Through direct collaboration with government officials and civil society organizations, Stanford HAI is working to ensure best practices in AI.

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 Research

Stanford HAI is leveraging the university’s strength across all disciplines including: computer science, business, economics, education, law, literature, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and more, to create innovative research on AI. This multidisciplinary research is being designed in a way to provide answers to questions in the governance of AI as well as utilization by policymakers.

Policy Briefs

Stanford HAI policy briefs take cutting-edge, policy-relevant AI/ML academic research produced by Stanford faculty and transform it into digestible briefs for time-strained policymakers and staff.

Explainers & Issue Briefs

HAI’s policy explainers take AI/ML relevant legislation or other legal documents and highlight key points so anyone can efficiently find the information needed to make effective decisions.

White Papers

HAI’s white papers take a deeper dive into AI/ML research. Driven by faculty, researchers, students, and staff, these white papers aim to inform policymakers on cutting-edge research related to emerging technologies.

Research News

Training Programs for Policymakers

Policymakers and regulators are at the front lines of decision-making on frontier technologies such as AI. Recognizing the valuable role they play in the AI governance ecosystem, Stanford HAI has developed specialized training programs--from briefings to boot camps--to meet their needs. In 2019 we worked with Stanford campus partners to co-host our first AI and cyber boot camp for Congressional staff, in 2020 we collaborated with the European University Institute to organize an intensive online policy lab on AI for policymakers in the EU and U.S., and in August 2022 we will be hosting the Congressional Boot Camp on Artificial Intelligence for Hill staffers to learn more about AI.

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