"The Center for AI and Digital Policy aims to promote a better society, more fair, more just —

a world where technology promotes broad social inclusion based on fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law." 


Merve Hickok, Marc Rotenberg, Karine Caunes, 

The Council of Europe Creates a Black Box for AI Policy (Jan, 24, 2023)


The Council of Europe Committee on AI has made a startling decision to carry forward future work on the development of an international convention on AI behind closed doors, despite the Council’s call for the Democratic Governance of Artificial Intelligence in a 2020 resolution. It is a surprising move from an international organization that has been at the forefront of efforts to promote greater transparency and accountability for the technology that is transforming the world.

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AI POLICY News - US Excludes NGOs from Drafting AI Treaty, CAIDP Update 5.03 (Jan. 23, 2023). Also:

  • Abrahamic Religions Unite to Support the Rome Call for AI Ethics
  • New Institutions for Algorithmic Transparency Established in Europe
  • Getty Images Accuses Stable Diffusion of Copyright Infringement
  • Netherlands to Host First Global Summit on Responsible AI for the Military
  • Dutch Privacy  Agency Launches  Algorithms Directorate
  • Civil Society Organization, Oppose Exclusion from COE AI Treaty Drafting
  • Stuart Russell discusses the AI World
  • CAIDP Welcomes Fong, Min, and Pachl to Board of Directors 

AI POLICY News - President Biden Calls for Algorithmic Transparency, Opposes Algorithmic Discrimination, CAIDP Update 5.02 (Jan. 16, 2023). Also:

  • MEPs Propose Stricter Rules in EU AI Act for High-risk AI Systems 
  • China Implements Regulation on Deep Synthesis Targeting
  • Report Warns of the Risks of Generative AI Models for  Influence Operations
  • Germany Could Swing Balance of EU AI Act Outcome
  • Iran to Use Facial Recognition to Enforce Hijab Laws
  • CAIDP's Merve Hickok Addresses Council of Europe Committee on AI
  • CAIDP Issues Statement on the OECD Gran Canaria Declaration 

AI Ethicist Policy Brief, Recent Developments with AI and Human Resources (September 2, 2022)

Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values: Next Steps for the United States, Marc Rotenberg and Merve Hickok, Council on Foreign Relations (August 22, 2022)

AI Ethicist Policy Brief, NYC Bias Audit Law (August 11, 2022)


Fundamental Rights Agency, Test algorithms for bias to avoid discrimination (8 Dec. 2022)

AEPD / EDPS, 10 Misunderstandings About Machine Learning (September 2022)

Artiticial Intelligence and Democratic Values, Turkish Policy Quarterly (Winter 21/22) with contributions by Ramos, Nemitz, Timmers, Sourdin, Hickok/Rotenberg, and others

CAIDP Statements

CAIDP Endorses Statement The EU AI Act Must Protect People on the Move (Dec. 6, 2022)

AI Policy Events

CAIDP Conversation with Anu Bradford, author "The Brussels Effect"

Dec. 8, 2022, 10am EST / 4pm CET


Webinar on the ELI Guiding Principles for Automated Decision-Making in the EU and the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: A Transatlantic Dialogue

30 November 2022


[ELI Guiding Principles]

[OSTP AI Bill of Rights]

[CAIDP - The Law of AI, Fundamental Rights, and the Role

of the ELI Guiding Principles]

Fourth Edition of the Athens AI Roundtable 

1-2 December 2022

Brussels / Online


Featured CAIDP Team Member

Tamra Moore

2021 CAIDP AI Policy Certificate

2022 Research Group Team Leader

CAIDP Events

CAIDP Conversations with EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling

[Video recording]

[Audio only]

[Closed caption]

CAIDP Meets with Delegation from LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, Washington, DC, May 26, 2022

Professor Ben Shneiderman

CAIDP Graduation Ceremony

17 December 2021

CAIDP Hosts Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values, 10 November 2021

CAIDP Conversation with Former White House Advisor John Podesta, 4 November 2021

CAIDP meets with Members of the European Parliament AIDA Committee, Washington, DC, 4 November 2021


Marc Rotenberg, Foreword: Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values: The Role of Data Protection, European Data Protection Law Review (Winter 2021)





Artificial Intelligence and Galileo's Telescope

review of the Age of AI by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Douglas Huttenlocher

Issues in Science and Technology

Marc Rotenberg


Next Steps on the AI Bill Of Rights, by Lorraine Kisselburgh and Marc Rotenberg, Washington Spectator (Nov. 2021)


Maintaining Control Over AI, Marc Rotenberg responds to Ben Shneiderman on Human-Centered AI, Issues in Science and Technology (Spring 2021)


Time to Assess National AI PoliciesMarc Rotenberg, Blog@CACM, Nov. 24, 2020

Reference Books

 The AI Policy Sourcebook is the first compendium of AI policy, providing essential information for policy makers, researchers, journalists, and the public. Edited by Marc Rotenberg, the AI Policy Sourcebook includes global AI frameworks, such as the OECD AI Principles and the Universal Guidelines for AI. The Sourcebook also includes materials from the European Union and the Council of Europe, national AI initiatives, as well as recommendations from professional societies, including the ACM and the IEEE. 

Recent Publications

Marc Rotenberg, "Artificial Intelligence and the right to algorithmic transparency " in M. Ienca, et al, The Cambridge Handbook of Life Science, Information Technology and Human Rights (2021)

AI Ethicist Bookstore

CAIDP recommends the AIethicist Bookstore, powered by bookshop.org. Topics include: AI Ethics, Bias & Social Justice; Conext for AI and Data - Bias/Power/Injustice; and Dystopian Futures.


The books recommended here  cover topics of AI ethics, big data & social impact, biased algorithms, privacy, lack of regulation or ethics around automated decision making.

There are also books that provide background on what cause these areas (and hence the data) to be historically unequal and what are the root causes of social and structural injustices in these areas - like policing, mass incarceration, welfare, housing, financial markets, communication, just to name a few.


Karen Hao, The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty, MIT Technology Review (Dec. 4, 2020)

China's Surveillance State Goes Global, The Atlantic (September 2020).

". . . a world where technology promotes broad social inclusion based on fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law."

- The Center for AI and Digital Policy

Marc Rotenberg – Commentary on AI Policy

“The United States must work with other democratic countries to establish red lines for certain A.I. applications and ensure fairness, accountability and transparency as A.I. systems are deployed . . . The rate of technological change is accelerating. Countries that seek to preserve fundamental rights must act before it is too late.”


- The Battle Over Artificial Intelligence (New York Times 2019)

"Algorithmic accountability is a complex topic, but the impact cuts broadly across life in America, from jobs and credit to housing and criminal justice."


- Bias by Computer (New York Times 2016)

“This critical question of automated decision-making lies at the heart of modern data protection law, ensuring fairness and transparency about the decisions impacting individuals.”


- Computers Privacy and Data Protection (Brussels 2017)


"Democratic countries should establish algorithmic transparency to ensure fairness and accountability in the digital world."


- OECD Global Forum (Tokyo 2014)

“I do want to emphasize how very important it is to move forward today on a project to establish algorithmic transparency and a set of framework principles for the deployment of AI that protects the interests of the individual.”


- AI World Society (Cambridge 2018) 

 “As decisions are automated, processes become more opaque, less accountable. . . . At the intersection of law and technology — knowledge of the algorithm is a fundamental right, a human right”


UNESCO Knowledge Café (Paris 2015) 


"The United States needs comprehensive privacy legislation to safeguard the personal data of Americans. We must also establish an agency charged with advocating for the privacy interests of America. Surveillance technology takes hold quickly. There is not much time."


- Surveillance in China: Implications for Americans (New York Times 2019)