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Stanford HAI firmly believes in the importance of bringing stakeholders together—people from different disciplines, different sectors, different institutions—to address key challenges posed by applications of this powerful technology. Among those stakeholders are government and civil society, vital partners in ensuring that human values remain front and center in the deployment of AI. HAI provides Policy Briefs and Explainers for policymakers, regulators and those looking to address the social impact of AI.

Policy Briefs

HAI’s 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 and 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.


Building a National AI Research Resource

White PaperIn late 2019, Stanford HAI co-directors Fei-Fei Li and John Etchemendy were one of the first to issue a call for the U.S. government to create a National Research Cloud (NRC). They envisioned the NRC would be a close partnership between academia, government, industry, and civil society to provide researchers equitable access to high-end computational resources, large-scale government datasets in a secure cloud environment, and necessary expertise to benefit from a NRC. Stanford HAI led efforts with 22 top computer science universities and a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers proposing legislation to bring the NRC to fruition. On January 1, 2021, the U.S. Congress authorized the National AI Research Resource Task Force Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

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Policy  Explainer

Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2021

Numerous provisions of consequence related to artificial intelligence (AI) were included in the final conference report of the NDAA. Here, we summarize the AI aspects of the 4,517 page bill so you don’t have to. This explainer provides a step-by-step rundown of every provision in the final conference report that speaks to AI.

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