Social Contract 2020: Toward Safety, Security, & Sustainability for AI World


Advances in AI, Internet, social media, and threats to cybersecurity jointly shape a new worldwide ecosystem for which there is no precedent.  At issue is building new dimensions, even principles, which would shape the future of international law. Toward this end, the Social Contract 2020 has been introduced, framed, and further refined in four contexts:  (a) The Riga Conference, Oct 12, 2019, (b) “2019 Policy Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence” of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, Oct 21, 2019, (c) AI World Society – Summit 2020 at Loeb House, Harvard University, April 28, 2020, and (d) United Nations Charter Day, June 26, 2020.

Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT
Co-founder of the AIWS Innovation Network


The term “artificial intelligence” refers to the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, translation between languages, self-driving cars, and so forth.  Almost everyone recognizes that advances in AI have already altered conventional ways of viewing the world around us. This is creating new realities for everyone – as well as new possibilities.

These advances are powerful in many ways. They have created a new global ecology; yet they remain opaque and must be better understood. We have created new tradeoffs that must be assessed. We must now focus on critical principles and essential supporting practices for the new and emerging Social Contract 2020.

We must now re-think and consolidate the best practices for human development, recognizing the power and the value of the individual and of society.



Advances in AI are far more rapid that we appreciate. Fully understanding the scale of the AI domain remains elusive. We have seen a shift from executing instructions by humans to replicating humans, outperforming humans, and transcending humans.

We are at the beginning of a new era, a world of mind-machine convergence with biological drivers for both mind and machineAlso elusive is the management of embedded insecurities in applications of this new ubiquitous technology and the imperatives of safety and security.

When all is said done, AI remains: devoid of consciousness, empathy, and perhaps select other human features, such as ethics, so fundamental to humanity and the social order. Its current logic is situated at the frontiers of biological intelligence and machine intelligence. While it is generally anchored in past data, it has made possible whole new sources and forms of design space.

In sum: The world of AI today is framed by a set of unknowns — known unknowns and unknown unknowns — where technological innovation interacts with the potential for a total loss of human control.



There is a clear awareness in the international community of the challenges and opportunities, as well as the problems and perils of AI, and many are seeking ways of managing their approach to AI. At least 20 countries have announced formal strategies to promote the use and development of AI. No two strategies are alike, however there are common themes even among countries who focus on different aspects of AI policy. The most common themes addressed pertain to:

  • Scientific research,
  • Talent development,
  • Skills and education,
  • Public and private sector adoption,
  • Ethics and inclusion,
  • Standards and regulations, and
  • Data and digital infrastructure.

Concurrently, AI is becoming a focus for foreign policy and international cooperation – for both developed and developing states. There is a shared view that no country will be able to compete or meet the needs of its citizens without substantial AI capability.

More important, many countries are now involved in technology leapfrogging rather than in replicating known trajectories of the past century. It is no longer expected, nor is it necessary, to replicate the stages of economic development of the west —one phase at a time. Countries now frame their own priorities and strategies.

In sum, all countries are going through a common experience of adapting to and managing unknowns.  This commonality of shared elements result in a welcoming international atmosphere for a Social Contract 2020. What is the Social Contract 2020?



There is a long tradition of consensus-based social order founded on cohesion and not use of force nor formal regulation or legislation. It is a necessary precursor for managing change and responding to societal needs.

 The foundational questions are:  what, why, why and how?


A social contract is about supporting a course of action. It is inclusive and equitable. It focuses on the relationships among people, governments, and other key entities in society.


To articulate the concerns and find common convergences. And to frame ways of addressing and managing potential threats.


In today’s world, participants in the Social Contract 2020 involve:

  • Individuals as citizens and members of a community
  • Governments who execute citizen goals
  • Corporate and private entities whose operations involve

Business rights and responsibilities

  • Civil society that transcends the above
  • Innovators of AI and related technologies, and
  • Analysts of ethics and responsibility. None of the above can be “left out.”

Each of these constitutes a distinct center of power and influence.


The starting point consists of three foundational principles for powerful international cooperation that provide solid anchors for the Social Contract 2020:

(1) Precautionary Principle for Innovations and Applications:

The precautionary principle is well established internationally. It does not impede innovation, but supports it. It does not push for regulation, but supports initiatives to explore the unknown with care and caution.

(2)  Fairness and Justice for All

The second principle is already agreed upon in the international community as a powerful aspiration. It is the expectation of all entities – private and public — to treat, and be treated, with fairness and justice.

(3) Responsibility and accountability for policy and decision – private and public

The third principle recognizes the power of the new global ecology that will increasingly span all entities worldwide — private and public, developing and developed.

Jointly, these basic foundations – what, why, who and how – create powerful anchors for framing and implementing the Social Contract 2020.



All participants and centers of power and influence contribute to framing the legal order in the age of AI.  And each has rights and responsibilities that must be articulated and respected. An initial framing is presented below:

(1) Individuals, Citizens, Groups:

Everyone is entitled to basic rights and dignity that are enhanced (?) by AI and the Internet Age and entail greater responsibility:

Data Rights and Responsibilities

Each individual has a right to privacy and is entitled to a device to access and control their own data. Individuals have a right to organize ways of managing their data, individually or collectively.

Education and Political Participation

Each individual has the Right to be involved directly and effectively in political decisions.            Each has access to education/knowledge pertaining to the use and impact of AI.


Each individual is prohibited from exercising adverse behaviors, such as hacking and disseminating disinformation.


(2)  Governments:

Every government is expected to behave responsibly in the management of AI for governance and for interactions with individuals.

Governments Standards:

  • Create incentives for citizens to use AI in ways that benefit society.


United Nations and International Organizations:

  • Extend sphere to include AI and extend the upholding of international standards/norms/practices pertaining thereto.
  • Create and manage a universal digital currency.


(3) Business Entities

Business operations and related rights come with accountability and responsibility – nationally and internationally.

  • Respect independent audits for fairness, accountability, and cybersecurity.
  • Respect common AI values, standards, norms, and data ownership rules, and expect penalties for noncompliance.


(4) Civil Society Organizations:

Rights and responsibilities of civil society organizations include monitoring governments and firms with respect to common values.

  • Civil society organizations are responsible for compliance with common values/norms/standards/laws and expect penalties for noncompliance.
  • Support and recognize exemplary citizen contributions in AI area.


(5) AI Assistants:

AI assistants provide an interface to facilitate compliance with established standards.

  • Support AI users and assist them to serve the broad interests of society.
  • Engage with other power centers for mutual support and supervision.



            The Social Contract 2020 consists of general principles and directives for its implementation. Each country is different, as would be the approach to the implementation and adoption of Social Contract 2020. These preferences are often in the nature of tradeoffs at the intersection of AI and society. These are simply adjustment mechanisms to facilitate implementation of Social Contract 2020.  For example:   

  • Performance & explicability
  • Ethics & efficiency
  • Growth & sustainability
  • Convenience vs. safety
  • Power & accountability
  • Regulation & innovation
  • Security vs. stability

Social Contract 2020 helps steer societies to transcend current practices and forms of e-government by enabling and providing applications of AI to assist decision making for all critical functions – notably the provision of public services, performance of civic functions, and evaluation of public officials – supported by a Center for National Decision Making and Data (NDMD).

AI supported public services span major critical functions to enable automated public services assisted by AI, notably:

  • Health care and public health:

Build AI hospitals for remote, rural, and mountainous areas.

  • Education:

Build AI schools for remote, rural, and mountainous areas.

  • Law, legal services:

Build AI law, legal services.

  • Public transportation:

AI public transportation information and support system.

  • Public services for tourism:

AI public services for tourism.

  • Public services to support labors:

AI labor, job guidance system.

Enhancing cybersecurity in the ai world society


  • Governor Michael Dukakis, Boston Global Forum
  • Minister Taro Kono, Japanese Ministry of Defense
  • Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, Former Japanese Foreign Affair Vice Minister
  • Prof. Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT
  • Prof. Nazli Choucri, MIT
  • Assistant Secretary Nam Pham, Massachusetts
  • Ms. Rebecca Leeper, AI World Society Innovation Network
  • Prof. Thomas Patterson, Harvard
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Member of Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinkers Cyber-politics Director, Michael Dukakis Institute Professor of Political Science, MIT
Cyber-politics Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and Professor of Political Science
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Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation; Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum; Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988; Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University
Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Japanese Minister of Defense
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Tarō Kōno is a Japanese politician belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a member of the House of Representatives, and has served as Minister for Defense since a Cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 11 September 2019
Kanagawa 15th Electoral District (elected eight times)
Rebecca Leeper
Rebecca Leeper
AI World Society Innovation Network - Practitioner
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Excellent technical and business communications skills, written and public speaking. Dedicated to integrating new technology with cross- functional teams. Skilled in planning and executing on strict deadlines. Strong leadership and team-oriented attitude.
BSc (Honors) Computer Engineering, AIWS Practitioner
Yasuhide Nakayama
Yasuhide Nakayama
Former Japanese Foreign Affair Vice Minister
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Yasuhide Nakayama is a Japanese politician representing the Liberal Democratic Party, elected in December 2012 as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and was re-elected in the December 2015 and 2017 elections. Mr Nakayama is the current State Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Japanese cabinet
Yasuhide Nakayama is a Japanese politician representing the Liberal Democratic Party
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Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School
Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation
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Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India
Directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs
Massachusetts - Assistant Secretary
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the Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, Government of Massachusetts
Assistant Secretary of Business Development


  • Adrien Abecassis, Advisor for European Affairs and Senior Political Advisor to the President of France
  • Prof. Constantine Arvanitopouluos, Tufts, Former Greek Minister of Education, Culture
  • Nicola De Blasio, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Anders Corr, President of Corr Analyst
  • Sharon Dow, Operating Partner, Dow Private
  • Prof. Duc Tran University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • Juan Gallego, Noreastern University
  • Lyndon Haviland, Adviser of United Nations Secretary General
  • Dang Thu Hien, Fellow, University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • Eugene B. Kogan, Executive Director, American Secretaries of State Project
  • Andrew Lewman, Vice President of DarkOwl
  • Van McComick, Founding Director, International Economic Alliance
  • Fernando Morera, EY
  • Barry Nolan, Executive Board Member of Boston Global Forum, Adviser of US Congress
  • Bill Ottman, Co-Founder and CEO of
  • Jean Marc Paudraud, Business Leader in Boston
  • Dick Pirozzolo, Writer
  • Prof. Marc Rotenberg, President of EPIC
  • Jeff Saviano, EY
  • Anina Schwarzenbach, Fellow Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, Naval War College
  • Prof. H. David Sherman, Northeastern University
  • Michael Siegel, Principal Research Scientist, Director, Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan
  • Prof. David Silbersweig, Harvard
  • Kate Stebbins, University of Massachusetts
  • Prof. Peter Szolovits, MIT
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan, Boston Global Forum
  • Dang Minh Tuan, Fulbright Scholar at New York University (NYU)
  • Tommy Vallely, Harvard
  • Prof. Christo Wilson, Berkman Center, Harvard
  • Prof. Josephine Wolff, Tufts University
  • Lauren Zabierek, Executive Director of Cybersecurity Project, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

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World Leader for Peace and Security Award’s acceptance speech of President Vaira Vike-Freiberga


The former President of Latvia and current president of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, which has more than 100 former head of states and governments as members, calls for “more fundamental research on the impact of Artificial Intelligence in society and democracy”, for us to be prepared for the implications of the digital transformation. Here is the video of her acceptance speech at the Dinner Conference honoring her as World Leader For Peace and Security Award on October 21, 2019, organized by the Boston Global Forum and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and attended by 35 former presidents, prime ministers, current leaders, and thoughtleaders.

Boston Global Forum and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid co-organized Conference Dinner Honoring President Vaira Vike Freiberga

The World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM), a global assembly of over 110 democratic former Heads of State and Government from over 60 countries, convened its Annual Policy Dialogue in Madrid on 21-22 October 2019. Hosted in partnership with the IE School of Global and Public Affairs and under the patronage of Ms Mariya Gabriel, Member of the European Commission, this 2019 edition focused on Digital Transformation and the Future of Democracy. In this Annual Policy Dialog, the Boston Global Forum and the World Leadership co-organized  Conference Dinner Honoring President Vaira Vike Freiberga as World Leader For Peace And Security Award on October 21, 2019.


Member of AIWS Standards and Practice Committee, Michael Dukakis Institute

Former Prime Minister of Peru

Beatriz Merino was the first female Prime Minister of Peru. She held office between June 23, 2003 and December 12, 2003. Before serving as Prime Minister, she graduated from Harvard with a Master’s degree in law and had a successful career at Procter & Gamble. After her time at Procter & Gamble, she was elected as Senator from 1990-1992 and Congresswoman from 1995- 2000. During that time she served as President of the Environmental Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee.

Merino is widely recognized for her expertise and work with women’s issues. She was the Director of the Women’s Leadership Program, now known as Gender Equality in Development Unit, at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. which aims to support and finance projects to enhance women’s leadership in Latin America. She was also a member of the board of directors for the International Women Forum and a steering committee member for the Business Women’s Initiative against HIV/AIDS. Merino also worked extensively in commercial, labor, corporate, and environmental legislation. She was the first Peruvian woman to serve on the Commission of Andean Jurists. At Lima University, she was the Director of Foreign Cooperation and of the Master’s program on tax revenue and fiscal policies.

She has authored two books, “Peruvian Women in the XX Century Legislation” and “Marriage and Rape: Debate of Article 178 of the Peruvian Criminal Code.” She served as Peru’s public ombudsman from September 2005 until March 2011.

She is honored as Women Political Leaders Trailblazer Award 2019.

Framework for Peace and Security in the 21st century


  • Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chairman of the Boston Global Forum, Co-Chair
  • Stratos Efthymiou, Consul General of Greece in Boston, Co-Chair
  • Prof. Stephen Walt, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof. Nazli Choucri, MIT
  • Prof. Thomas Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof. David Silbersweig, Harvard Medical School
  • Prof. Thomas Creely, Naval War College
  • Barry Nolan, Adviser of US Congress
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan, Co-founder and CEO of the Boston Global Forum
  • Prof. Constantine Arvanitopoulos, the Karamanlis Chair at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Professor of International Relation, Tufts University
  • Prof. Christo Wilson, Northeastern University, Harvard Law School Fellow, Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow
  • Nguyen Phan Nguyet Minh, AI World Society Young Leader

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