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
Marc Rotenberg
Marc Rotenberg
President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
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Marc Rotenberg is President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, an independent, public interest research center in Washington, DC.
President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC


  • 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 Minds.com
  • 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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Archive house and statue of Vint Cerf in Nha Trang

Dr. Vint Cerf, one of “the Father of the Internet” and World Leader in AI World Society Award, will be honored in Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2020.

VietNet Information Highway, the first Internet of Vietnam applied by TCP/IP protocol , was born in  Nha Trang city in December 1995, and officially provided internet service in January 1996, two years before Vietnam government officially allowed on Internet connectivity. Internet has supported to a remarkable change in Vietnam. It has connected Vietnam together with developed countries (United States and Western countries), as an important factor to make open and strong Vietnam.

To respect and honor the Father of Internet, Nha Trang city will create Vint Cerf Archive room and statue. When Dr. Vint Cerf visit Nha Trang in 2020, the city will organize a special ceremony to welcome and honor Dr. Vint Cerf, as well as officially launch the Vint Cerf Archive Room and Statue. Besides, Dr. Vint Cerf will give a special speech at the ceremony.

Dr. Vint Cerf also joins to the team to build the Social Contract 2020.

Alex Sandy Pentland is the keynote speaker at AIWS Conference September 23, 2019

“A Proposed Social Contract 2020, Regarding Rules and International Laws for AI and the Internet “ is a theme of the AI World Society (AIWS) Conference on September 23, 2019 at Harvard University Faculty Club, MA, USA.  Professor Alex Sandy Pentland, Director of Connection Science from MIT, and co-founder of the Social Contract 2020, is the keynote speaker of the conference, Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum, co-founder of the AI World Society and the Social Contract 2020 is the moderator of the conference. Professor Pentland will present concepts of the Social Contract 2020, a very important part of AI World Society.

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. He is one of the most-cited  computational scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States.  He is on the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing In 2019

The leading growth strategy for manufacturers in 2019 is improving shop floor productivity by investing in machine learning platforms that deliver the insights needed to improve product quality and production yields.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to create $1.4T to $2.6T of value in marketing and sales across the world’s businesses, and $1.2T to $2 in supply-chain management and manufacturing. 50% of companies that embrace AI over the next five to seven years have the potential to double their cash flow with manufacturing leading all industries due to its heavy reliance on data according to McKinsey.

Using machine learning to streamline every phase of production, starting with inbound supplier quality through manufacturing scheduling to fulfillment is now a priority in manufacturing. According to a recent survey by Deloitte, machine learning is reducing unplanned machinery downtime between 15 – 30%, increasing production throughput by 20%, reducing maintenance costs 30% and delivering up to a 35% increase in quality.

According to Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), AI can be an important tool for government and society, especially in manufacturing industry, to relieve people of resource constraints and arbitrary/inflexible rules and processes, as well as solve important issues, such as SDGs.

AIWS House in Dalat University will be officially operated in 2020

On August 16 2019, President Le Minh Chien and leaders of Dalat University welcome and have a great meeting with Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, co-founder of AI World Society Initiative. They have discussed and confirmed on design as well as timeline for AI World Society (AIWS) House at Dalat University at the old library of the University. The AI World Society house will have 3 main components including Archive of AI in the world, Seminar and Conference Room, and Research Room. They will also build AI World Society Square connect with AI World Society House. AIWS House will host special research and education program in AI technology supported by Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI) for Leadership and Innovation. The AIWS House will have online version to encourage and engage global communities for AI applications on Art, Cultures, and Society.

The AIWS House will officially operate from 2020, and will host AI World Society Festival in Art and Culture for peace and happiness in December 2020.

Dalat University or the University of Dalat is a university in the city of DalatVietnam. The original Dalat University was established in 1957 — after support of and requests by Archbishop Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục — by the Council of Vietnamese Catholic Bishops as a centre for education.  Today, it is a multidisciplinary university that offers undergraduate and graduate education for the Central Highlands region

How to enforce policy/regulation. “Trust but verify”

Shaping the future of AI will require new regulation of technology. Some possible directions include restrictions on the collection and use of data, requiring the use of machine learning tools and frameworks that are fair by design, and mandating processes that promote accountability by allowing people to contest algorithmic decisions.

However, the natural question that arises is: how will these new policies and regulations be enforced? Without a means for assessing whether systems are in compliance, regulators are powerless to hold the designers and operators of those systems accountable.

Algorithm auditing is one potential answer to this question. Using algorithm auditing techniques, it is possible to scientifically evaluate whether a black-box system exhibits a range of negative behaviors, such as discrimination against protected classes or predatory pricing. Algorithm auditing enables academics, members of civil society, investigative journalists, and regulators to assess whether algorithmic systems are obeying policy proscriptions and best-practices.

Algorithm auditing methods have two desirable properties. First, systems can be audited without requiring access to proprietary source code and datasets. This avoids obvious concerns about revealing trade secrets or sensitive datasets to third-parties. Second, audits can be conducted in secret, making them suitable for voluntary and involuntary compliance testing.


As part of the Social Contract 2020 we should carefully consider the compliance and enforcement role that algorithm audits can play. One option is to mandate independent algorithm audits of all consequential AI systems, similar to how we currently mandate financial audits (and should mandate cybersecurity audits). A second option is not to mandate algorithm audits, but to instead legalize and legitimize their practice. This would at least permit consequential AI systems to be audited, rather than allowing system owners to shroud their technology in a haze of legal use restrictions.

Christo Wilson

Associate Professor
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Northeastern University

Member of the Social Contract 2020 Team

Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow

China’s path to AI domination has a problem: brain drain

A new analysis shows that the number of Chinese AI researchers has increased tenfold over the last decade, but the majority of them live outside the country.

Superpower dreams: China has put forth a concerted effort to grow into a leading AI powerhouse over the last few years.

Home-grown army:  the authorship of papers accepted to NeurIPS, one of the most prestigious international AI conferences, and found a nearly tenfold increase in the number of authors who did their undergraduate studies in China over the last decade.

Brain drain: Despite the country’s success in cultivating domestic talent, however, it has struggled with retention.

Why it matters: Among the four major inputs into a country’s AI ecosystem—talent, data, capital, and hardware—the first has the greatest impact. The concentration of expertise determines whether practitioners will direct their energy more toward AI research or applications, for example.

A more fluid movement of scientists would benefit both the US and China to build up both countries’ AI ecosystems while making it easier to create much-needed global standards for AI ethics. In this effort, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) established the Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) to collaborate with think tanks, universities, non-profits, firms, and other entities that share its commitment to the constructive and development of AI for helping everyone achieve well-being and happiness as well as ethical norms

Professor Patrick Winston, former director of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, dies at 76

(from left to right: Governor Michael Dukakis, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Professor Patrick Winston

at the AI World Society’s first meeting December 12, 2017.)

Patrick Winston, a beloved professor and computer scientist at MIT, died on July 19 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 76.

A professor at MIT for almost 50 years, Winston was the director of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1972 to 1997 before it merged with the Laboratory for Computer Science to become MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
A devoted teacher and cherished colleague, Winston led CSAIL’s Genesis Group, which focused on developing AI systems that have human-like intelligence, including the ability to tell, perceive, and comprehend stories. He believed that such work could help illuminate aspects of human intelligence that scientists don’t yet understand.

His Genesis project aimed to faithfully model computers after human intelligence in order to fully grasp the inner workings of our own motivations, rationality, and perception. Using MIT research scientist Boris Katz’s START natural language processing system and a vision system developed by former MIT PhD student Sajit Rao, Genesis can digest short, simple chunks of text, then spit out reports about how it interpreted connections between events.

Winston’s dedication to teaching earned him many accolades over the years, including the Baker Award, the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award, and the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award. He was also renowned for his accessible and informative lectures, and gave a hugely popular talk every year during the Independent Activities Period called “How to Speak.”

A past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Winston also wrote and edited numerous books, including a seminal textbook on AI that’s still used in classrooms around the world. Outside of the lab he also co-founded Ascent Technology, which produces scheduling and workforce management applications for major airports.

As a pioneer researcher in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Professor Patrick Winston was also key figure to the AI World Society (AIWS), which has been established by Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI). He was an intellectual and active contributor to AIWS and MDI from the very first days, including AI World Society first meeting on December 12, 2017 at Harvard University Faculty Club.

Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) and AI World Society (AIWS) express sincere condolences to professor Patrick Winston and his family. Professor Patrick Winston is always memorized as an inspirational AI expert in AI World Society for promoting ethical norms and practices in the development and use of AI.

AI World Society Distinguished Lecture on United Nations Charter Day, June 26, 2019

The Boston Global Forum and the United Nations Academic Impact co-organized an AI World Society Distinguished Lecture on United Nations Charter Day, June 26, 2019. The AI World Society Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Dr. David A. Bray in the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters. On this special day, the AI World Society Distinguished Lecture is named as the United Nations Charter Day Lecture.


Artificial Intelligence, the Internet and the Future of Data: Where Will We Be in 2045? will examine the impact of technology on the mission of the UN 100 years after its creation.

The event is broadcasted through UN WebTV:


The Lecture start at 10:00 am with film about establish United Nations Charter on June 26, 1945 in San Francisco, followed by participants standing to read key messages of UN Charter.

Then, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum introduced the AI World Society Initiative and AI World Society Distinguished Lecture, and honored to name the AI World Society Distinguished Lecture as United Nations Academic Impact Charter Day Lecture on this special day.

Then, Dr. Bray, presented the Lecture with his vision about the world in 2045, 100 years of United Nations, and at the time that he will be 67 years old.


Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division Department of Global Communications, United Nations.


  • Mariko Gakiya, Shine Advisory Board Member-Sustainability and Health Initiative, Visiting Scientist-Environmental H, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Fabrizio Hochschild, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations
  • Ajeet N. Mathur,
    Professor in Strategy and International Business,
    Business Policy and Economics Areas, IIM Ahmedabad
  • Atefeh Riazi, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer
  • David Silbersweig, Chairman of psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and
    co-directs the center for the neurosciences;
    Academic Dean, and Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Board Member of the Boston Global Forum, Member of AI World Society Standards and Practice Committee.