Ethics, Governance, and Emerging Technologies: A Conversation with C2G and AIEI

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Emerging technologies with global impact are creating new ungoverned spaces at a rapid pace. In this critical moment, frameworks and approaches to govern these technologies, particularly in the international sphere, are often unclear or altogether nonexistent. Whether it’s fundamental questions about decision-making authority and inclusivity, opaque rules around research, accountability for unintended consequences across various sectors, or the inability to build constituencies in the age of hyperpolarization, governance challenges abound.

In response, Carnegie Council’s Impact Initiatives are working to educate and activate communities around critical governance issues across the areas of climate, artificial intelligence, migration, and foreign policy.

On December 7, we were joined by the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), which seeks to catalyze the creation of effective governance for climate-altering approaches, and the Carnegie Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI), which aims to understand the innumerable ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) impacts equality, and in response, propose potential mechanisms to ensure the benefits of AI for all people.

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Speakers:

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Anja Kaspersen

Anja Kaspersen is a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Council of Ethics in International Affairs. She is the former Director of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and Deputy Secretary General of the Conference on Disarmament. Previously, she held the role as the head of strategic engagement and new technologies at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor (a Hungarian and a Swiss citizen) is Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and is Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G).

Cynthia Scharf

Cynthia Scharf previously served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for the United Nations secretary-general from 2009-2016. As a senior member of the secretary-general’s Climate Change Support Team, she played a key role in the secretary-general’s two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) and advised the secretary-general during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015.

Wendell Wallach

Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also a scholar with the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology, and a senior advisor to The Hastings Center.

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Ronnie Saha

Ronnie Saha is head of risk and strategy at Facebook. He was elected to the Carnegie Council’s Board of Trustees in 2020.

Prior to joining Facebook, Saha spent over eight years as a management consultant with Deloitte, originally joining the firm’s public finance / emerging markets practice where he advised ministries of finance and central banks throughout Africa and Asia on macroeconomic planning and public finance matters. In the post financial crisis period, he advised systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs) on stress-testing and capital and liquidity management and later helped to launch Deloitte’s strategic risk practice, designed to help organizations manage the impacts of business model innovation, macroeconomic trends, and geopolitical shifts on their corporate strategies.

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