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Christian Katzenbach: Public Controversies and the Future of AI

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Facial recognition, digital contact tracing and content moderation have all been major controversies involving AI in 2020. How do these controversies shape the global governance of AI? A leading global scholar on platform and AI governance, Dr. Katzenbach will introduce a framework for the contested, informal governances processes of AI unfolding across research, policy and media in Canada, France, the UK, and Germany. These controversies shape understanding of what kind of AI comes into being, which problems and challenges are to be addressed, and our expertise to shape its future developments for the public good. As scandal and outrage give way to public debate and regulation, Dr. Katzenbach will outline a way to understand a dominant concern for the future of media, social and technology policy.

Dr. Katzenbach is a Senior Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin, Germany). He directs the interdisciplinary research program “The Evolving Digital Society”. He is Chair of the Section Digital Communication of the German Association for Media and Communication ResearchIn the past and has acted as interim professor for communication policy and media economics at the Institute for Media and Communication Research at Freie Universität Berlin. His research addresses the intersection of technology, communication, and governance. He is a co-initiator of the open access journal Internet Policy Review and co-editor of the open access book series Digital Communication Research.