AI and Society: Government, Policy, and the Law at Mizzou

I am super excited to be part of a big interdisciplinary conference this week here at the University of Missouri where we’ll be focusing on AI and Society: Government, Policy, and the Law. Co-hosted by the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs and the University of Missouri School of Law, this two-day event on March 7-8, 2024, will bring together a diverse group of experts to explore four main themes: AI in Government, Impact of AI on Democracy, Government Regulation and AI, and Creating an AI Ready Public Sector; and a collection of the papers will be published in the Missouri Law Review.

The four main themes delve into some of the most important issues around AI in the public sector:

  1. AI in Government – Looks at the current and potential uses of AI in government, including both opportunities and risks.
  2. Impact of AI on Democracy – Explores the potentially far-reaching effects AI may have on elections, public services, public trust and the very functioning of democracy.
  3. Government Regulation of AI – Focuses on the regulatory approaches needed to ensure AI systems are transparent, accountable, fair and aligned with democratic principles and human rights.
  4. Creating an AI-ready Public Sector – Emphasizes the importance of building civil service capability to effectively govern and utilize AI.

The conference has an excellent lineup of expert speakers from academia and government addressing these themes through specific topics like AI and forensic evidence, algorithmic impacts on civic attitudes, AI and copyright law, AI fairness and bias issues, and more.

I am particularly excited about the interdisciplinary nature of the event, bringing together government officials and business leaders with academics from law, political science, public policy, philosophy, computer science, etc.  I’m looking forward to the cross-pollination.

It is a free event, but only here in Columbia Missouri.


10 thoughts on “AI and Society: Government, Policy, and the Law at Mizzou

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    DIE bigotry reported to be stopping the CHIPs act from having much effect:

    link to

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      B-b-but “Equity

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    Re the “Impact of AI on Democracy,” I hope this seminar will discus what, if any, are the effective legal system resources to block or punish activities like the recently-widely-noted AI generation and blog and/or social media sites internet distribution by Trump election supporters of fake photos of Trump being supported by black voters?

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      That sounds like censorship! People have a right to make fake pictures, especially if they are being attacked constantly by the woke mob. This is just you lashing out because corrupt Biden is 100 years old and nobody likes him. I am not a crank.

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      I agree – and while we are at we need to nail those that show Biden is anything remotely alive.

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        I bet Katie Britt sent a real tingle up your leg. Nothing quite like watching a southern fundy train wreck on national TV. Some bubbles don’t pop, they just slowly leak with a long annoying whine.


          Sorry but no, I don’t know this Katie Britt.

          But have you finally received your directed narrative as to the Israel/Hamas fiasco?

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    Will this be memorialized and shared afterwards?

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      Like I mentioned some of the papers will be published in the Missouri law review. I am hoping that we will release the video, but that is largely out of my hands.

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        “Make it so.”

        (sorry, could not resist the Picard pun)

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