After serving as the Berkman Klein Center’s executive director for twelve wonderful years and living abroad for almost twenty years, it is time for me to embark on the next chapter, which will bring me back to Europe and closer to my family. …


Shared at the Launch Event of Colombia’s AI Ethics Framework

I had the honor of participating in Lanzamiento de la Ética de la Inteligencia Artifical en Colombia (“Launch of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Colombia”) on November 25, 2020, alongside Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez. My remarks highlight the different roles governments can (and should) play in promoting trustworthy AI…


Introduction to and Core Themes of a COVID-19 Essay Collection

Together with Jens Drolshammer, we just published a collection of essays as part of a transatlantic collaboration during the COVID-19 “shelter in place” period from March 16th to June 30th, 2020. The collection, written in German, is an experiment in real-time observation and reflection. …


in collaboration with Melyssa Eigen, J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School

This essay is part of a collection written by members of the Berkman Klein Center’s Working Group on Digital Pandemic Response. The group, made up of experts from academia, civil society, the public sector, and industry, takes on difficult…


Technical discussions should pay attention to public health experiences, legal frameworks, and ethical principles

Translation of our op-ed published today in Neue Zürcher Zeitung

by Kerstin Noëlle Vokinger & Urs Gasser

Digital technologies and data play historically a unique role in dealing with COVID-19. Various types of digital applications in the fight against the pandemic are being tested and deployed around the globe. …


by Urs Gasser & Carolyn Schmitt

It is hard to keep up with the various efforts underway that develop ethical principles and other norms aimed at governing a broad range of AI-based technologies (we use the shortcut “AI” for readability only). Current initiatives involve governments, international organizations, standard setting organizations…


Do you trust Artificial Intelligence? “Not yet,” was the overwhelming response to an informal survey conducted among a small and non-representative, but rather diverse group of experts who were invited by the Digital Asia Hub to engage in a global roundtable discussion about AI and Trust during an official side…


Early in my academic life, as a doctoral student at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and influenced by the St. Gallen School of Information Law developed by Jean Nicolas Druey and Herbert Burkert in the late ’90s and early 2000, I began studying an issue that has received…


While there is reasonable hope that superhuman killer robots won’t catch us anytime soon, narrower types of AI-based technologies have started changing our daily lives: AI applications are rolled out at an accelerated pace in schools, homes, and hospitals, with digital leaders such as high tech, telecom, and financial services…


Earlier this week, the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab hosted an AI Advance, a community event to kick off our collaboration as part of the recently launched Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence initiative (learn more about our current work plan here). In a fascinating…

Urs Gasser

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