AI Initiative
The Ethics + Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative

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Launched in 2017, the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative is a hybrid research effort and philanthropic fund that seeks to ensure that technologies of automation and machine learning are researched, developed, and deployed in a way which vindicate social values of fairness, human autonomy, and justice.

The Initiative is a joint project of the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. It incubates a range of research, prototyping, and advocacy activities within these two anchor institutions and across the broader ecosystem of civil society.

At present, the Initiative is supporting work in three domains that we believe to be among the most impactful, near-term arenas of automation and machine learning deployment:

  • AI and Justice: What legal and institutional structures should govern the adoption and maintenance of autonomy in public administration? How might approaches such as causal modeling rethink the role that autonomy has to play in areas such as criminal justice?

  • Information Quality: Can we measure the influence that machine learning and autonomous systems have on the public sphere? What do effective structures of governance and collaborative development look like between platforms and the public? Can we better ground discussions around policy responses to disinformation in empirical research?

  • Autonomy and Interaction: What are the moral and ethical intuitions that the public brings to bear in their interactions with autonomous systems? How might those intuitions be better integrated on a technical level into these systems? What role does design and interface - say, in autonomous vehicles - play in defining debates around interpretability and control?
 

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Partner

Angeline Harris

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients large and small for nearly 20 years. She made headlines in 2010 when she secured the “Kingston Woman” rights to songwriter Helen Jones and continues to provide the same dedication to all her clients. Practicing since the first internet boom, Angeline has hands-on experience with how technology affects the creative industry. Staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes is Angeline’s sixth sense.

 

Education

ATLANTIC LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1997

IVY UNIVERSITY
B.A., Film & Music, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California

 
 

 
 
 

Partner

Spencer Ingram

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.

 

Education

PIERCE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1999

WORLD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.

 

Education

EMPIRE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002

NAMELESS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California