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In the News March 11, 2020

A people-centered approach to AI and big data

By Atlantic Council

The Internet is barely half a century old, and its modern incarnation is far younger, but, in that short period of time, it has seen enormous, unimaginable change as billions of individuals connected to the network. With those changes come many challenges, not the least among them misinformation and biased data. However, according to Dr. David Bray, inaugural director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, the next decade of digital development promises to bring about even more unfathomable transformation through the wide-scale implementation of AI and Internet of Things devices. Without intentional actions taken to ensure the equity of the future Internet, we will see the dangers that are already emerging only intensify. Dr. Bray discussed these fears, as well as his suggestions for positive steps to take as a society, in a November 2019 episode of the Inc. Tank Podcast.

This discussion was in Dr. Bray’s role as past roles as Visiting Executive in Residence at Harvard University and Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition. This was prior to his start as the inaugural director for the Atlantic Council’s new GeoTech Center. Watch the episode to hear Dr. Bray’s full thoughts on how members of the public, data scientists, technologists, and policymakers all have a role to play in ensuring the next wave of digital development is an equitable one.

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

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