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New Partners To Bolster Perspective For Responsible AI

PAI Staff

September 24, 2019

As we enter our third year as a global multi-stakeholder non-profit focused on the creation and dissemination of best practices in AI, PAI is proud to announce the admission of 11 new Partners to our coalition. The addition of these 11 new Partners brings PAI’s multistakeholder coalition to 100 organizations, representing some of the world’s leading academics, civil society organizations, technology companies, nonprofits and policy groups, active on five continents and in 12 countries. 

By gathering the leading companies, organizations, and people differently affected by artificial intelligence, PAI establishes a common ground between entities which otherwise may not have cause to work together – and in so doing – serves as a uniting force for good in the AI ecosystem. The diversity of our Partners is essential for enabling us to further our mission, advance an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society, and help realize the promise of artificial intelligence. These new Partners will help expand PAI’s perspectives and insights on a wide range of issues affecting the creation of responsible AI. Our new Partner organizations bring together researchers, academics, practitioners, and policymakers working on global policy challenges, the interaction of digital technology and employment, a healthy internet and media, digital technology innovation, finance, and challenges related to trust and truth in the digital age. They also include leading organizations fostering inclusivity by representing and promoting the voices of women, gender minorities, service economy workers, and low-income people in Machine Learning, Data Science and other aspects of the digital economy. Descriptions and remarks provided by the 11 new Partners are listed below.

“We are excited to introduce these 11 new organizations to bring additional insights and expertise to our mission of developing best practices in artificial intelligence,” said Julia Rhodes Davis, director of partnerships at the Partnership on AI. “The diversity of voices and experiences helps improve our work and advance the creation of best practices in AI.”

Partner Provided Descriptions and Remarks:

CBC/Radio Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading policy institute based in London. Its mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Institute’s research work focuses on independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary approach, it brings together policy and technology communities to help forge a common understanding and jointly address the challenges that rapid advances in technology are causing for domestic and international politics.

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading innovation centre, and accelerates the early adoption and application of advanced digital technologies such as AR, 5G, AI and the Internet of Things. Digital Catapult brings together the energy and entrepreneurship of startup businesses, with large corporations and academic research. Through this collaboration, it supports businesses to develop technologies which solve problems, increase productivity, boost the UK economy and open up new markets faster.  

“’Digital Catapult’s work with AI and machine learning innovators has exposed just how important the responsible development and deployment of AI is – and how hard it is to implement. Therefore, we are especially proud to join the Partnership on AI and motivated to actively contribute to, and learn from, its work.” 
Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

“There are already many conversations happening about the dangers of unethical AI, but there is not enough focus on how to translate these concerns to an actionable approach. AI practitioners need to know how to design and implement a trusted system, and how to monitor if it is acting appropriately. Through our involvement with the Partnership on AI and with the creation of an AI advisory board, we are proactively addressing the ‘how’ by working with a wide range of stakeholders to define practical guidance and strategies for building technologies that will advance society.”
Nigel Duffy, EY Global Artificial Intelligence Leader

First Draft is a global non-profit dedicated to supporting journalists, academics and technologists address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. We host collaborative investigation networks through our CrossCheck initiative, conduct innovative and experimental research projects, and continuously develop online and offline training designed to expand and embed best practices in newsrooms and journalism schools around the world.

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a team of visionary, internationally recognized thought leaders and researchers examining how people and businesses work, interact, and will ultimately prosper in a time of rapid digital transformation. The IDE is part of the MIT Sloan School of Management. With its core strengths in technology and innovation, no institution is better equipped to examine the digital economy. No other initiative or center in the world is exploring the effects of the digital economy with the same determination, focus, perspective or purpose as the IDE. Our team is led by MIT Sloan’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, who have co-authored several highly respected publications detailing the interaction of digital technology and employment, including Race Against the Machine, The Second Machine Age, Machine Platform Crowd, and More From Less.

We are at an inflection point with AI, and it’s crucial that we work together to understand the capabilities, limitations, and impacts of these brilliant technologies. Joining the Partnership on AI will further our work to ensure a future where technology benefits the many and not just the few.” 
Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

The Mozilla Foundation focuses on fueling the movement for a healthy internet. We do this by supporting a diverse group of fellows working on key internet issues, connecting open Internet leaders at events like MozFest, publishing critical research in the Internet Health Report, and rallying citizens around advocacy issues that connect the well-being of the Internet directly to everyday life. The Foundation is also the sole shareholder in the Mozilla Corporation, the maker of Firefox and other open source tools. Mozilla Corporation functions as a self-sustaining social enterprise – money earned through its products is reinvested into the organization.

Samasource is the trusted, high-quality training data and validation provider for 25% of the Fortune 50. From self-driving cars to smart hardware, Samasource fuels AI. Founded over a decade ago, we’re experts in image, video and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms. We support AI development in in consumer internet, e-commerce, smart hardware, AR/VR, biomedical, and automotive. Driven by a mission to expand opportunity for low-income people through the digital economy, our social business model has helped over 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a diverse group of businesses that can collaborate, inspire and educate to propel the use of AI for good. We find it particularly rewarding to have the opportunity to accelerate technological innovation by delivering high-quality, training data. In addition, our mission to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty through digital work is very much aligned with PAI’s vision of developing better practices in AI. We look forward to reaching those goals and to what this coalition of bright and committed leaders will accomplish in AI together.”
Leila Janah, founder and CEO, Samasource

Shift 7 drives tech-forward, inclusive innovation for faster impact on systemic economic, social, and environmental challenges. We scout and scale promising solutions and solution-makers, especially across under-resourced spaces, and engage teams in open, data-driven, shareable practices to unlock collective genius. Our approach leverages catalytic networking, studio engagements, and storytelling. Examples include: co-leading the United Nations Solutions Summit; data science collaborations with Creative Artists Agency, Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab at USC and the Geena Davis Institute in Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University to improve representation in the media; and policy engagement through membership in the EU Global Tech Panel. 

United for Respect is a national organization advancing a vision of an economy where working people can live free and full lives. We elevate the voices of those employed in the growing service economy to ensure industry leaders and policymakers provide family-sustaining jobs. We leverage technology — social media and our own digital platform, WorkIt — and develop the leadership of working people to share their stories and advocate for real solutions to the pressing needs of the country’s massive low-wage workforce.

“As a leader with United for Respect, I’m excited to be a part of this conversation with PAI. Working people like me have real solutions on how companies can better use technology to benefit us. As technology becomes more and more a part of our everyday lives, it’s important that workers, policy makers, and business leaders work together to shape how companies develop and deploy tech and address any effects it has on workers.” 
Nick Gallant, former H&M employee and member leader with United for Respect

Women in Machine Learning & Data Science’s (WiMLDS) mission is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science. We create opportunities for members to engage in technical and professional conversations in a positive, supportive environment by hosting talks by women and gender minority individuals working in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as hosting technical workshops, networking events and hackathons and open source sprints with the goal of improving The Gender Imbalance in Tech. We have over 40,000 members in 75 cities and 33 countries. Since our founding in 2013, our meetup chapters have organized over 550 events for the community. 

“Our community’s broad reach and global membership will help to ensure that the underrepresented half of our society actively participates in and impacts the development of tools and products that are currently created by a small segment of the AI community. We look forward to contributing the expertise of our community to PAI’s work, and to help ethically and responsibly advance AI technologies for the greater overall good.”
Reshama Shaikh, WiMLDS board member


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