The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center and the U.S. Department of State (through funding managed by the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership) are proud to present the “AI Connect” initiative.

AI Connect will encourage the responsible stewardship of AI technologies in line with the OECD AI Principles and empower low and middle-income countries to more effectively participate in the global, multi-stakeholder conversation on AI policy. 

The initiative will build a network of government officials, academics, and industry practitioners from low and middle-income economies, as well as likeminded advanced economies who are influential in the global AI community. AI Connect members will attend global webinars on AI topics, receive a monthly newsletter from the Atlantic Council, and join in-person regional workshops targeting the Indo-Pacific, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. Travel funding will also be made available to select AI Connect members to facilitate their attendance at global AI events, including conferences at multilateral bodies and those organized by the private sector and academic communities.

Please join us on Thursday, February 24, at 11:30 AM ET for a private, virtual briefing on this program from the GeoTech Center and the U.S. State Department. This briefing will feature remarks from Ramin Toloui, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO, as well as a presentation on the program’s curriculum, participants, and ways in which private industry and the wider technology policy community can support this exciting new initiative.

Please share with your organizational colleagues if you believe this event would be of interest.

AI Connect will be publicly announced in mid to late March in coordination with the first global webinar.  We plan to hold regular external stakeholder meetings throughout the period of performance of the grant, which ends in March 2023.