IGF 2017 WS #93 AI: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies

Short Title
AI: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies

Proposer's Name: Ms. Lorrayne Porciuncula

Proposer's Organization: OECD

Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Yuki Yokomori

Co-Proposer's Organization: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan, Seconded to the OECD


Ms.,Karine,PERSET,Intergovernmental Organisation,OECD; Mr. Nobu NISHIGATA, OECD; Mr.,Yuki,YOKOMORI,Government,MIC Japan

Additional Speakers

No additional speakers, but please replace Mr. Yasuhiko Taniwaki with Mr. Masahiko Tominaga, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) (Mr. Taniwaki has taken up another role within the Japanese Governement).


Mr. Masahiko Tominaga serves as Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs) from this July and in charge of formulating international telecommunication policies in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Before taking up current position, Mr. Tominaga held various positions within the Ministry such as supervising telecommunications and radio communications policies, development of information and communication technologies, assisting reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, spectrum allocations and management, international frequency coordination and management of telephone numbers since he joined the former Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in 1982. He received master’s degree on engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Also, we would like to update the bio of one of our speakers already confirmed, Carolyn Nguyen:

Dr. M-H. Carolyn Nguyen is a Director of Technology Policy at Microsoft, focused on policy issues related to internet governance, the digital economy, and artificial intelligence. Her work is aimed at influencing global policy-making by engaging with stakeholders and raising awareness of the role of technology in economic development, through participation in public policy dialogues and venues, including the United Nations (UN), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and World Economic Forum. Her past activities have included policy initiatives on connectivity, privacy, security, open/big data, machine learning, the internet of things, intelligent systems, and their effects on existing social, economic, and policy frameworks. She has worked at the intersection of these disciplines, collaborating with researchers, subject-matter experts, and industry pioneers, developing an evidence base to encourage a more holistic approach to policy. She is a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the Internet Governance Forum and a vice chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Digital Economy.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Carolyn held a number of positions with Research in Motion, Avaya Communications, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Laboratories in the US and abroad. In addition to her policy work, her experience includes a range of business and technical responsibilities in developing and bringing to market innovative telecommunications solutions globally. Carolyn received her Ph.D. from the Center of Telecommunications Research at Columbia University, and completed Executive Business Management Programs at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

  1. Welcome and introduction – the OECD’s work on AI – Mr. Wonki Min (10 min)
  2. Public policy priorities for AI
  • Mr. Masahiko Tominaga (15 min) – Japan’s work to consider AI’s impact on society and needed public policy response to ensure that AI benefits people widely
  • Dr. Joanna Bryson (7-8 min) – Ethical considerations raised by AI from an AI researcher’s perspective and insight on IEEE ‘Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems’
  • Dr. Carolyn Nguyen (7-8 min) – Opportunities and challenges raised by AI from a business view and insight on the ‘Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society’.
  • Mr. Cyrus Hodes (7-8 min) – Opportunities and challenges raised by AI from an academic viewpoint, informed by developments in the MENA region and insight on ongoing global civic debate on ‘Governing the rise of AI’.
  1. Panel Discussion – the role of different stakeholders in developing a framework to benefit from AI widely and manage AI-related risks (25 min)
  2. Comments and questions from in-person and remote workshop attendees (10 min)
  3. Closing remarks – Ms. Anne Carblanc (5 min)