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AI & Good Governance by Oxford


A 3 day program co-designed in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. The program examines some of the key themes facing policymakers, business leaders and civil society in an increasingly digitized world. These include the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and algorithms, the role of technology in governance and political decision-making, and how governments and businesses can harness big data.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of the internet in society
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the deployment of new digital tools and technologies

Suitable for: people from mid to upper level management positions who are involved in strategy and policy design

*Kindly note that seats are reserved for confirmed participants only.



Prof. Philip Howard

Philips is the Director at Oxford Internet Institute; Professor of Internet Studies. He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and as a fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Centre for Digital Journalism. Howard investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on global media and political affairs. His research has demonstrated how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His projects on digital activism, information access, and modern governance in both democracies and authoritarian regimes have been supported by the European Research Council, National Science Foundation, US Institutes of Peace, and Intel’s People and Practices Group.

Philip has published eight books and over 100 academic articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commentary essays on information technology, international affairs and public life. His articles examine the role of new information and communication technologies in politics and social development, and he has published in peer-review journals such as the American Behavioral Scientist, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and The Journal of Communication.

Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has published eleven books, including the international bestseller “Big Data” (HMH, co-authored with Kenneth Cukier, translated into more than 20 languages), “Learning with Big Data” (HMH, co-authored with Kenneth Cukier) and the award-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” with Princeton University Press. He is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the economics and governance of information. After successes in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics.

In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He has chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy in the New Economy, bringing together leading strategists and decision-makers of the new economy. In 2014 he received a World Technology Award in the law category for his work.

He is a frequent public speaker and sought-after expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. He and his work have been featured in (among others) New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, WIRED, Ars Technica, and Daily Kos. He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues.

Dr. Victoria Nash

Victoria is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director at Oxford. She is responsible for connecting OII research with policy and practice. Her particular research interests draw on her background as a political theorist and concern the theoretical and practical application of fundamental liberal values in the Internet era. Her research focuses on the opportunities and risks experienced by children using digital technologies. Vicki leads OII’s engagement with governments in the UK and beyond on internet regulation and digital policy issues and is Course Director for the OII’s annual course for digital policy-makers, the Internet Leadership Academy. She was an expert witness to the House of Lords Communications Committee’s 2019 inquiry ‘Regulating in a Digital World’ and is a member of the UK Government’s Council on Internet Safety Evidence Group.

Dr. Jonathan Bright

Johnathan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He specializes in computational approaches to social and political science. Jonathan has two major research interests: exploring how new digital technologies are changing political participation; and investigating how new forms of data can enable local and national governments to make better decisions, particularly in the context of smart cities. His recent project Data Science in Local Government was presented to stakeholders in government and civil society. His article Explaining the Emergence of Political Fragmentation on Social Media was published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Lisa-Maria Neudert,

Lisa is a researcher at the Computational Propaganda project at the Oxford Internet Institute, her work is located at the nexus of political communication, technology studies and governance. Her previous research has focused on propaganda, social bots and fake news—in its relation to the evolving digital media ecosystem. Lisa-Maria holds an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and a BA in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maxmilians-University in Munich. Selected as a Fulbright scholar she studied at the Georgetown University in Washington DC and the National University of Singapore.

Samantha Bradshaw

Samantha is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Samantha’s work examines government use of social media for coordinated digital disinformation campaigns. Her research has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times. She holds an MA in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a joint honors BA in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo.

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Jan 12 2020 - Jan 14 2020


Duration: 3days
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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