The Hidden Risks of AI: Discrimination, Disinformation and the Need for a New Public Policy

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Monday, March 8, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Mellichamp Initiative in Mind and Machine Intelligence

2021 Public Lecture Series: "AI: Friend or Foe?"

AI promises to bring great benefits in many domains, but the use of AI systems can also have unintended consequences, from unexpected decision-making processes, to malicious manipulations. Join us as we discuss the often hidden dangers of AI-enabled discrimination.

Sonia Katyal, UC Berkeley, “The Hidden Risks of AI: Discrimination, Disinformation and the Need for a New Public Policy”


In this talk, Professor Katyal explores the impending conflict between the protection of civil rights and artificial intelligence (AI). While both areas of law have amassed rich and well-developed areas of scholarly work and doctrinal support, a growing body of scholars are interrogating the intersection between them. In this talk, Professor Katyal argues that the issues surrounding algorithmic accountability demonstrate a deeper, more structural tension within a new generation of disputes regarding law and technology. As Professor Katyal goes on to argue, the true promise of AI does not lie in the information we reveal to one another, but rather in the questions it raises about the interaction of technology, property, and civil rights in the future.

About the Speaker

Sonya Katyal is Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and Distinguished Haas Chair. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology, intellectual property, and civil rights (including antidiscrimination, privacy, and freedom of speech). Professor Katyal’s current projects focus on artificial intelligence and intellectual property; the intersection between the right to information and human rights; trademark law and branding; and a variety of projects on the intersection between museums, cultural property and new media. As a member and chair of the university-wide Haas LGBT Cluster, Professor Katyal also works on matters regarding law, gender and sexuality. Her article, The Paradox of Source Code Secrecy, was selected for inclusion in the Best Intellectual Property articles of 2019. She has also previously published shorter pieces with the New York Times, the Brooklyn Rail, Washington Post, CNN, Boston Globe’s Ideas section, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the National Law Journal, and has also been cited by the Supreme Court. During the Obama administration, Katyal was selected by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to be part of the inaugural U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors.
This event is co-sponsored by UCSB Mind & Machine Intelligence and Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS).
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