Club de Madrid and Boston Global Forum co-organize the AIWS Roundtable – A New Social Contract in the Age of AI: Protection of Privacy Rights in the Times of COVID-19

May 10, 2020Event Updates, News

On May 5, the Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute announced the Framework for the Social Contract 2020, a new Social Contract in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial intelligence, biometric data and the use of digital technologies are proving to be allies in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Some countries have effectively deployed contact tracing apps in the mitigation of infection rates.

However, the deployment of these technologies does not come without challenges to our democracies. How can we guarantee a responsible collection of our data and a transparent usage of algorithms? Will we have to choose between health and privacy? Can we have both?

Club de Madrid and partner Boston Global Forum are jointly organising this online policy discussion to exchange views and actionable ideas for a democratic governance of emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, focusing on their impact on the right to privacy. With an eye set to transatlantic relations, the session brings together tech and policy experts with Members of Club de Madrid –democratic former Heads of State and Government– to discuss a social contract essential to a democratic governance of technology, before technology governs us.

Club de Madrid Members:

Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid and President of Slovenia (2007-2012).
Esko Aho, Member of Club de Madrid and Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995).


David Silbersweig, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director for Institute for the Neurosciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alex Pentland, Director of MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs.
Thomas Patterson, Harvard, Bradlee Professor of Government & the Press.

Time: 9:00 am EST, May 12, 2020

The AIWS Roundtable will be streamed live on the website of the Club de Madrid.

This event is sponsored by Mr. Nguyen Van Tuong, Founder and Chairman of Tram Huong Khanh Hoa.