Understanding AI Law

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itag Skillnet host Rónán Kennedy to explore Understanding AI Law – The AI Act and Beyond: Regulation of Artificial Intelligence in Europe and Worldwide on Wed, 24 Jan 2024 17:00 – 19:00

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Understanding AI Law

As artificial intelligence systems take on greater roles across sectors like finance, healthcare, transportation, and criminal justice, regulatory frameworks are emerging to manage risks and ethical concerns surrounding these technologies. Enter the fast-developing domain of “AI law.”

AI law refers to policies, regulations, and laws developed specifically to govern AI as well as apply existing legal doctrine to the unique issues introduced by AI. It spans government legislation like algorithmic accountability laws as well as internal governance put in place by companies utilizing AI. Key focal areas of AI law include:

Data & Privacy – Laws covering data privacy, surveillance, consent apply to AI training data. Additional protections may be needed for biometric or health data used by AI models.

Accountability & Transparency – Regulations seek to make AI systems more understandable and establish responsibility for decisions/actions. Documentation or audit requirements for high-risk AI seen in medical or transport sectors.

Bias & Disparate Impact – Anti-discrimination laws now cover biased or unfair AI algorithm outputs which disadvantage protected groups in areas like employment, lending, policing.

Safety & Cybersecurity – Ensuring AI safety via testing and evaluating for risks. Security practices guard against data vulnerabilities or malicious attacks manipulating AI.

Intellectual Property‐ IP protections applied to novel AI innovations and ownership rights over data/models powering inventions.

As AI integrates across industries, well-designed governance combines flexible innovation environment for developers while safeguarding individuals and society from preventable harms. Ongoing progress in AI ethics now informs policymaking worldwide. Understanding this emerging field helps technologists, lawmakers, and citizens participate in shaping AI for the common good.


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Steven Galvin

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