Boston Global Forum contributes the Special Report on Governing AI in the Age of Global Tension to Riga Conference 2023

Sep 24, 2023Global Alliance for Digital Governance

The Boston Global Forum (BGF) is contributing a groundbreaking Special Report titled “Governing AI in the Age of Global Tension” to the prestigious Riga Conference 2023.

The Riga Conference, an annual event bringing together policymakers, experts, and thought leaders from around the world, serves as a platform for discussing critical geopolitical and security issues. This year, the inclusion of BGF’s Special Report adds a significant dimension to the conference’s focus on emerging technologies and their implications.

The Special Report delves into the complex landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) governance, particularly in a world marked by increasing global tension and geopolitical complexities. It highlights the need for comprehensive strategies and actions to govern AI technologies effectively and ethically.

Key components of the Special Report include:

Scenario Planning: Acknowledging the importance of preparing for AI-related security threats during periods of global tension through contingency plans and scenario simulations.

Four Pillars: Recognizing the essential role of the United States, Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom (EU-UK), and India as foundational players in establishing an enlightened approach to AI governance.

Stakeholders: Emphasizing the involvement of diverse stakeholders such as civil society, think tanks, universities, the business community, religions, and governments in shaping AI governance.

Fundamental Aspects: Focusing on core aspects of AI governance, including the development of globally accepted standards and norms for AI ethics, fostering innovation and research, and promoting AI development that prioritizes the well-being of all individuals.

Action Plan: Outlining a comprehensive action plan that encompasses setting standards and norms, engaging with religions, coordinating efforts through organizations like the Global Alliance for Digital Governance (GADG) and GLIDES, building an AI World Society, and monitoring and adapting to AI developments.

The report calls for international cooperation, the engagement of religious leaders, and collaboration among governments and stakeholders to ensure that AI technologies are developed and deployed ethically and responsibly.

The inclusion of BGF’s Special Report at the Riga Conference 2023 reflects the increasing recognition of AI governance as a global priority, especially in the context of geopolitical tensions. It underlines the urgency of addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in a manner that aligns with ethical principles and societal well-being.

The Boston Global Forum remains committed to fostering dialogue and cooperation among global leaders and experts to address the pressing challenges of our time, including those posed by emerging technologies like AI.

Professor Zaneta Ozolina, Chairwoman of LATO