Scoping AI Governance: A Smarter Tool Kit for Beneficial Applications

CIGI Paper No. 260

December 20, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can be used to promote equality and non-discrimination, but without the right AI governance strategies, they can have the opposite effect. This paper aims to provide policy makers with the tools they need to build beneficial AI systems. Harmful biases in AI systems often disproportionately affect racialized, low-income and minority groups. For example, algorithms that over- or underestimate scores create false-positive and false-negative results that can perpetuate systemic discrimination. Policy makers can address these concerns through interventions and regulations that promote AI fairness.

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About the Author

Maroussia Lévesque is a CIGI senior fellow, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center on Internet and Society. She researches artificial intelligence governance.