The Ethics and Practice of AI Localism at a Time of COVID-19 and Beyond2023-01-30T18:38:58+01:00

The Ethics and Practice of AI Localism at a Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

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As they grapple with COVID-19 and other challenges, cities worldwide are mobilizing AI technologies to help trace patient contacts, automate decision-making, and monitor citizen movements. These developments are part of the emergence of AI Localism, a term coined by Stefaan Verhulst and Mona Sloane for a new and radical shift of AI governance from the national to the local level. While local AI leadership offers greater agility and potential for innovation, the urgency of the crisis has left little time to address ethical and human rights questions, and inform city officials of potential risks.

This project will identify successful, equitable and democratic global examples of local AI use and governance for COVID-19 as well as risks and challenges, including problematic AI applications, public concerns, and conflicts over AI use between cities and state and non-state actors. The project goal is to determine characteristics of success and share successful approaches that can be emulated by cities worldwide.

Research Output:

The AI Localism Canvas: A Framework to Assess the Emergence of Governance of AI within Cities

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Principle Investigators

Matthias Uhl
Matthias UhlFaculty of Computer Science at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Stefaan Verhulst
Stefaan VerhulstThe GovLab at New York University
Jeannie Marie Paterson
Jeannie Marie PatersonMelbourne Law School
Mona Sloane
Mona SloaneInstitute for Public Knowledge at New York University


Andrew YoungNew York University
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