About AI Connect

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

The program encourages the responsible stewardship of AI technologies in line with the OECD AI Principles and empowers low and middle-income countries to more effectively participate in the global, multi-stakeholder conversation on AI policy. 

AI Connect builds a network of government officials, academics, and industry practitioners from emerging economies, as well as like-minded advanced economies who are influential in the global AI community. Members of the program attend global webinars on AI topics, receive a monthly newsletter from the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, and join in-person regional workshops targeting the Indo-Pacific, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. Travel funding is also 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 as well as academic communities.

AI Connect was publicly announced on March 31st and recordings of the different webinars, keynote lectures, and summaries of the in-person workshops can be found below. Program organizers also hold regular external stakeholder meetings throughout the period of performance of the grant, which ends in March 2023.

AI Connect Webinars

AI Connect Webinar 1

AI Connect’s inaugural event stressed the global economic impact of AI and featured a keynote lecture from Ramin Toloui, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

AI Connect Webinar 2

The second webinar of the AI Connect series looked at contextualizing ethical AI implementation, shone light on corresponding policy issues faced by countries around the world, and dove deeper into global AI regulatory frameworks.

AI Connect Webinar 3

The third webinar of the AI Connect series focused on human-centered implementation of AI technologies and featured a keynote lecture from White House Assistant Director for Data and Democracy Dr. Sorelle Friedler.

AI Connect Webinar 4

The fourth webinar of the AI Connect series focused on principles throughout the lifecycle of AI systems and featured presentations from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Google.

AI Connect Webinar 5

The fifth AI Connect Webinar focused on the role of research and development (R&D) in trustworthy artificial intelligence applications and featured panelists from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Sony Group Corporation, and NVIDA.

AI Connect Webinar 6

The sixth AI Connect webinar discussed the design of digital AI ecosystems that foster responsible AI governance and featured speakers from NSF and IBM. Additionally, several AI Connect participants shared real-world examples of data governance in their countries.

AI Connect Webinar 7

The seventh AI Connect webinar focused on building human capacity and preparing for labor market transitions in the age of automation. It featured a fireside chat with Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey from Oxford University as well as a distinguished panel on economic development and the future of work.

AI Connect Webinar 8

The eighth AI Connect webinar focused on AI applications in the education sector and featured a fireside chat with the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, a panel of educators and edtech experts, and two real-time demonstrations of AI tech for augmenting global education practices.

AI Connect Workshops

AI Connect Workshop 1

The first in-person AI Connect workshop featured panels covering AI policy and multi-stakeholder ecosystems; case studies of AI policies and practices; a fireside chat with Dr. Nalin Mehta; a collaborative workshop in which participants designed responsible AI policies; and a site visit to IBM’s New Delhi office, where IBM researchers and staff presented their ongoing R&D efforts.

AI Connect Workshop 2

The second in-person AI Connect workshop convened in São Paulo, Brazil featured panels on tech and science cooperation, global AI policy challenges, data privacy, and technological innovation. Workshop participants also had the opportunity to meet with private sector AI developers and practitioners at the São Paulo facilities of IBM and Microsoft.

AI Connect Workshop 3

The third in-person AI Connect workshop in Prague, Czech Republic focused on the Eastern European AI policy ecosystem and featured keynote addresses from senior US and Czech government officials. Workshop participants learned from private sector representatives at Microsoft’s Prague Development Center, networked with local AI professionals, and attended the Czech Academy of Sciences’ SOLAIR conference.