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Responsible AI innovation for international peace and security: An opportunity for international cooperation in the realm of arms control?

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17 November 2020 16:0017:30 (CET)

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When it comes to governing the development, diffusion and military use of AI, as is the case for much ‘emerging’ dual-use technology, a blanket arms control regulation might be neither feasible nor desirable for technical and political reasons. This session will explore whether emerging conversations on responsible AI provide an opportunity to widen the arms control toolbox and foster international collaboration that would involve not only states but also private industry and academia. It will consider whether and how responsible AI innovation is an effective upstream mechanism for technology governance and how states can work together and with academia and industry to develop common standards for self-governance and regulation of AI development and diffusion.

The webinar will address the following questions:

  • What is responsible AI and how could arms control considerations be integrated into existing initiatives in that area?
  • How should AI best be covered by export controls and how can outreach to and engagement with industry, research and academia be improved to strengthen compliance and responsible diffusion?
  • What can States and International organisations do to promote more responsible development and diffusion by relevant stakeholders and create synergies between governance approaches? 



Vincent Boulanin

Dr Vincent Boulanin

Dr Vincent Boulanin is a Senior Researcher at SIPRI. He joined SIPRI in 2014, where he works on issues related to the production, use and control of emerging military and security technologies, notably autonomous weapon systems and cyber-security technologies. He received his PhD in Political Science from École des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in October 2014. His dissertation looked at the diversification of the European arms industry into the security realm. His other research interests include the impact of military and security technologies on the practice of security and military professionals and the social construction of threats and risks.


Raja Chatila

Professor Emeritus Raja Chatila

Raja Chatila is Professor Emeritus of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics at Sorbonne University in Paris. He is former director of the SMART Laboratory of Excellence on Human-Machine Interactions and of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics. He contributed in several areas of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous and interactive Robotics along his career and is IEEE Fellow and recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award.

Charles Ovink

Charles Ovink

Working in the Regional Disarmament and Science and Technology units of UNODA, Charles Ovink specializes in responsible innovation, the impact of emerging technologies on disarmament and nonproliferation, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the militarization of AI. He has previously served as Associate Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD), Programme Manager for the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research, and a consultant for the United Nations University and Creative Environmental Networks. He received his Master’s Degree from Waseda University, focusing on political security and power transition.

Raja Chatila

Alka A. Patel

Alka Patel serves as the first Head of AI Ethics Policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC).  In this role, she is leading the effort on Responsible AI.  She brings over 20+ years of experience working at the intersection of technology, business, and law. 

Alka has been recognized for her professional and personal contributions locally and nationally.  She has served on a number of non-profit boards advocating for gender and racial diversity, social impact, and has held leadership positions in professional organizations. 

Eleonore Pauwels

Eleonore Pauwels

Eleonore Pauwels is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center on Cooperative Security. Her research focuses on security, governance, and ethical implications generated by the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) with other dual-use technologies, including cybersecurity, genomics, and genome-editing. She regularly consults for the World Bank, the United Nations, governments, and private sector actors on AI and cybersecurity, the changing nature of conflict, foresight, and global security and counterterrorism. In 2018 and 2019, Pauwels served as Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies for the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research. At the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, she spent ten years conducting research on synthetic biology and leading the Anticipatory Intelligence Lab. 

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