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Advancing AI Governance: Insights from Sara Garsia's Lecture at an Italian Law School

At the forefront of the AI revolution, ensuring responsible and ethical governance is paramount. Recently, legal researcher, Sara Garsia, from KU Leuven, seized a special dissemination opportunity to shed light on AI governance initiatives with young professionals at a law school in Rome.

Sara Garcia lecturing

On May 24th, Sara delivered a compelling lecture for the Master in "Diritto d'impresa" course of Luiss Guido Carli University - School of Law in Rome. This event served as a pivotal platform to both disseminate and explore AI governance on a global scale, with a keen focus on the EU's approach.

Sara's lecture delved into the intricacies of AI governance, drawing upon foundational research conducted within the THEMIS project. Her insightful discourse navigated through the evolving landscape of AI regulations and policies, highlighting key initiatives and frameworks implemented worldwide. With an emphasis on the European Union's perspective, Sara elucidated on the collaborative efforts and progressive strategies aimed at fostering trust, transparency, and accountability in AI development and deployment.

The European Union's perspective on AI governance underscores the region's commitment to adopting a human-centric approach to AI regulation. One of the key pillars of the EU's strategy is fostering collaboration among stakeholders, including policymakers, industry leaders, researchers, and civil society organizations. Through multi-stakeholder dialogues, the EU aims to co-create governance frameworks that balance innovation with societal values, ensuring that AI technologies serve the common good while upholding fundamental rights and ethical principles.

Transparency is another cornerstone of the EU's approach to AI governance. By promoting transparency in AI systems and decision-making processes, the EU seeks to enhance accountability and facilitate user understanding of AI technologies. This includes measures such as algorithmic transparency, where AI developers are required to disclose information about the functioning and decision-making logic of their systems, enabling users to assess the fairness and reliability of AI-driven outcomes.

Moreover, the EU is driving forward progressive strategies to address the challenges of bias and discrimination in AI. Through initiatives like the EU's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and the AI4People initiative, the region is advancing research and policy efforts to mitigate bias and ensure fairness in AI algorithms and applications. This includes promoting diversity and inclusivity in AI development teams, as well as implementing safeguards against discriminatory practices in AI-driven decision-making.

Sara's lecture highlighted the collaborative spirit and forward-thinking approach that underpin the EU's efforts to govern AI responsibly, building a future where AI technologies empower individuals and communities while safeguarding their rights and dignity. Encompassing legal, ethical, and societal considerations.

Sara's expertise illuminated the complexities inherent in governing AI technologies, underscoring the imperative of interdisciplinary collaboration and stakeholder engagement in shaping robust governance frameworks. She stressed the importance of being aware of the practical difficulties and contradictions connected to the implementation of AI regulation initiatives, and during the lecture she helped the audience uncover these complexities by fostering critical reflection on the rationale behind AI governance initiatives. Sara explained that recognising these challenges is crucial for developing effective and realistic governance frameworks that can adapt to the dynamic nature of AI technologies.

As the professionals continue to navigate the evolving landscape of AI governance, lectures like Sara's lecture serve as catalysts for progress, driving us closer to a future where AI technologies are harnessed for the collective benefit of society.

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