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Stanford HAI plays a leading role not just in producing critical scholarship to inform global conversations about AI governance and appropriate uses, but also in serving as a convener of national and global discussions. Through direct engagement with government officials and civil society organizations, producing cutting edge research, or training policymakers to better ensure they have the tools for effective decision-making, Stanford HAI has become the natural hub for policy impact in artificial intelligence.

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Policy Outreach and Engagement

Whether on Stanford’s 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. Moreover, Stanford HAI’s annual Conference on Ethics, Policy, and Governance has become the go-to symposium for discussions on the transformative impacts of 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.

More on Policy Research:
We Need a National Vision for AI
by Fei-Fei Li and John Etchemendy
October 22nd, 2019
(Note: See our proposal for a National Research Cloud here) Establishing global leadership through a bold AI policy...
Economy and Markets
Human Reasoning
Law, Regulation, and Policy
Announcing the HAI Policy Brief Series
by John Etchemendy and Fei-Fei Li
September 24th, 2020
Dear HAI Community,  We started the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) because...
Law, Regulation, and Policy
Augmentative AI and the future of work
by Graham Button
November 10th, 2019
For AI to be embraced in the workplace, it must be developed and deployed in partnership with workers. While consumers...
Law, Regulation, and Policy

Training Programs for Policymakers

Policymakers and regulators are at the front lines of decisions on governance related to frontier technologies such as AI. Stanford HAI recognizes the valuable role they play in the AI governance ecosystem and has developed training programs such as specialized briefings and boot camps to meet this need. In 2019 we worked with Stanford campus partners to co-host our first AI and cyber boot camp for Congressional staff, and in 2020 we are creating new programs to educate decision makers and journalists on AI policy.

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