AI for good? Platforms, ethics and public value
28 April 2022, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) invites you to join this discussion on how digitalisation and artificial intelligence can empower public value creation and public purpose in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. This talk is the first within the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' event series.
This event is free.
IIPP's Founding Director, Prof Mariana Mazzucato chairs a panel discussion with Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, Prof Carissa Véliz, Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in AI and a Fellow at Hertford College at the University of Oxford, and IIPP Visiting Prof Ian Hogarth, to discuss how digitalisation and artificial intelligence can empower public value creation and public purpose in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Followed by questions from the audience.
While digital platforms have created an immense amount of value, they are often used to extract value, create harm, and generate perverse private profits. Since the onset of the pandemic, while businesses went bust and shopkeepers closed shop, Amazon’s market value increased by $650 billion. To do capitalism differently, we need to discuss how to shape our digital platforms to create public value and public purpose. This session aims to explore how governments can leverage competition and industrial policy to govern platforms with the aim of tackling innovation for the public good.
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- Strauss, I., O’Reilly, T., Mazzucato, M. and Ryan-Collins, J. (2021). Crouching tiger, hidden dragons: how 10-K disclosure rules help Big Tech conceal market power and expand platform dominance. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, IIPP Policy Report No. 2021/04. Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/2021-04
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All events will be held on Zoom. Tickets are free, booking is required. If you are unable to reserve a place you will be able to catch up after the event. Each talk will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel at a later date.
About the Speakers
Professor Mariana Mazzucato
Founding Director at UCL IIPP
Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO
Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, where she oversees the contributions of the institution to build inclusive and peaceful societies. Her agenda includes the achievement of social inclusion and gender equality, advancing youth development; promotion of values through sports; anti-racism and antidiscriminatory agenda and ethics of artificial inteligence. Her appointment at UNESCO allows her to continue supporting an agenda of inclusive growth, and the respect of human rights and human dignity.
Prior to this position, Ms. Ramos served as the Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20/G7/APEC in the OECD, contributing to the global agenda as well as leading the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Inclusive Growth Initiative, Gender Strategy and the work on well-being and children. In 2019, she launched the Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) platform, bringing together 40 major multinational companies committed to reducing inequalities. Previously, she was Director of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America and a member of the Mexican foreign service.
In 2013, she was decorated with the Ordre du Merit by the President of France. Her work to promote gender equality earned her the 2017 and 2018 Forbes Excellence award as well as being included as part of Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in both 2018 and 2019. A Fulbright and Ford McArthur fellow, she is member of the board of the Paris Peace Forum, UNICEF Advisory Board, Steering Group of the International Gender Champions Paris Hub, Multi-Stakeholder Council to the Global Solutions Initiative, Lancet Commission on Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, and Lancet Commission on COVID-19.
More about Gabriela Ramos
Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in AI and a Fellow at Hertford College at Hertford College at the University of Oxford
Visiting Professor of Practice at UCL IIPP
After a year in Beijing studying Mandarin, Ian went on to found Songkick.com, the concert service. Songkick is used by over 17 million music fans each month to discover concerts. As co-founder and CEO, Ian scaled Songkick to over $100m in ticket sales and a team of over 100. Songkick was backed by Y Combinator, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. In 2015, Songkick sued TicketMaster for anti-trust violations and anti-competitive behaviour under the Sherman Act. The case was settled out of court in January 2018 for $130m. Songkick was acquired by Warner Music Group and continues to help people find concerts. More about Ian Hogarth