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AI Policy and Research Clinic

“The Berkman Klein Center, in collaboration with the City of Helsinki’s Education Division and the AI-transparency company Saidot, hosted a virtual AI Policy Research Clinic to study the ethical governance of artificial intelligence-enhanced technologies deployed to support learning, student wellbeing, and retention in Helsinki’s vocational schools. Part of a Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (NoC) project on the Ethics of Digitalization, the Research Clinic convened a dozen early-career scholars to examine a real-world use case of AI in the public sector. The larger initiative is conducted under the patronage of German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and is supported by Stiftung Mercator. During the first portion of the month-long program, the Research Clinic explored questions related to the creation of an inclusive, participatory, and sustainable strategy for stakeholder engagement throughout the design, development, deployment, and assessment stages of the new technology. During the second half, the student cohort examined the viability and appropriateness of different human oversight mechanisms. In both instances, the primary goal was to create resources to help the City of Helsinki, as well as similarly situated municipalities, to navigate thorny AI governance challenges related to participatory design and human oversight…”

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