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Carnegie Council of Ethics, World Technology Network the City of Prague present:


    The first global International Congress for the Governance of AI         

May 13-15th, 2021

about icGai

Welcome to the website of the 1st International Congress for the Governance of AI (ICGAI), convened by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the World Technology Network, hosted by and thanks to the generosity of the City of Prague, in association with many other prominent partners. ICGAI will bring together representatives of governments, industry, international organizations, universities, research centers, leaders of underserved nations and communities, and other stakeholders in the AI space. Originally to be held at the Czech Republic's historic National Museum in April 2020, the global pandemic caused us to re-schedule (same wonderful venue) to May 13-15, 2021. 

ICGAI is a collaborative initiative directed at establishing an agile and comprehensive governance framework for artificial intelligence. A full list of organizers, co-chairs, and Advisors can be found here. 


Balancing the need for innovation, competition and cooperation, while minimizing risks and undesirable societal consequences poses a daunting international challenge. The framework that are developing together must accommodate input from the various stakeholders, function as a trusted good-faith broker, monitor developments, flag concerns and explore creative means to manage issues through engineering, ethics, and/or oversight. Any new international governance mechanism established is unlikely to have enforcement authority. Nevertheless, it can facilitate cooperation and light coordination between the many stakeholders in the AI space.

Various national and international bodies including the UN, OECD, the EU, the World Economic Forum, IEEE, ISO, PAI and other industry initiated consortia, research centers, and civil society have begun working on standards and best practices. Indeed, more than 50 overlapping lists (as of this writing) of principles to direct the development of AI have been published. To date, no mechanisms exist to lightly coordinate and share the activities of all the various stakeholders, nor any simple way to reduce redundancies in the effort, debate conflicting proposals and, ultimately, safeguard the public interest. ICGAI has been created as a forum for cross-regional discussions and cross-pollination that balances competition with a focus upon means to humanize AI for the greater good.


In working toward the development of a global network for AI we are fully cognizant that many of you are already involved in and even leading overlapping efforts.  The ICGAI focus is upon ensuring that a broadly inclusive, cooperative, trustworthy, robust and effective approach to the international governance of AI can be forged, and not upon where the various tasks fulfilled by that network are located.  We are hopeful that all parties can work together, and that ICGAI is viewed as a forum for cooperatively addressing daunting implementation challenges.  As a first step, we are supporting the implementation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, and contributing to consultations on the proposal to create a multi-stakeholder advisory body for AI. 

It would be naive to assume the international community can achieve consensus on all issues. Nevertheless, shared values can be underscored, best practices highlighted, and differences debated. The process leading to the first ICGAI is an important step along the way.

Expert workshops in preparation for the Congress in Prague were convened between January and March 2020, in key locations around the world. The expert participants shared their insights and together formulated specific proposals for the assembled Congress to consider. Those proposals are being refined the months leading up to the full global gathering.

ICGAI has been created as an ongoing catalytic forum. The first large-scale, global event in Prague, important as it is, is just the beginning.

Preliminary agenda

Wednesday May 13th

Training Session with Nick Davis for those representing underserved communities.

Thursday May 14th

9:00 – 5:00 - Registration
2:00 – 2:25 - Greetings (5 — 5 minutes each)
2:25 – 2:40 - Goals and Design of the Congress
2:40 – 3:30 - Opening Panel/Key Leaders of Multilateral/Intl. AI Initiatives
3:30 – 4:00 - Introduction and Keynote 1
4:00 – 4:10 - Drivers of Trust – Hilary Sutcliffe
4:10 – 4:30 - Coffee Break
4:30 – 5:20 - Panel Honoring AI Researchers Who Made A Significant Contribution to Ethics/Gov
5:20 – 5:50 - Introduction and Keynote 2
5:50 – 6:40 - Panel Honoring Former Heads of State/Political Leaders Engaged in AI Governance
6:40 – 8:30 - Reception Hosted By the City of Prague

Friday May 15th

Breakout Sessions
1. AI Governance and Smart Cities
2. AI and Healthcare/ AI and Consumers
3. True Multi-Stakeholder Processes/Distributed Governance
4. The EU Approach to AI Governance/Legislative Challenges
5. AI Governance in China/AI Governance in the U.S.
8:30 – 9:30 - Breakout Session A
9:30 – 10:30 - Breakout Session B
10:30 – 11:00 - Coffee

Congress Plenary Session III
11:00 – 11:20 - Intros (4)
11:20 – 11:30 - Plan for the Day 2
11:30 – 12:00 - Keynote 3
12:00 – 12:45 - Panel Honoring NGO Leaders Who Made A Significant Contribution to Ethics/Gov

12:45 – 2:00 - Lunch

Breakout Sessions
6. Children and AI/ Young Thought Leaders and AI Governance
7. IEEE: Soft Law and Ethically Aligned Design/OECD Observatory
8. UN SG Initiative/Human Rights as a Framing for AI Governance
9. Data Governance/AI and Surveillance
10. National AI Initiatives/Robot Governance
2:00 – 2:45 - Breakout Panels C
2:45 – 3:30 - Breakout Panels D
3:30 – 4:15 - Breakout Panels E
4:15– 4:45 - Coffee

Track Sessions
T1 Agile and Cooperative International Governance Mechanisms: Hard Law and Soft Law
T2 AI and International Security/Cyberlaw/New Threats To Security
T3 Minimizing and Managing System Failures
T4 Corporate Self-Governance and Accountability
T5 Inclusivity, the Future of Work, and Meeting the Needs of Underserved Communities
4:45 – 5:30 - Track Panels F
5:30 – 6:30 - Track Session Discussion or Additional Panels/Talks

Dinner Hosted by the City of Prague

Saturday April 18th
Breakout Sessions – Proposal Preparation
8:30 – 8:45 - Proposal/s Intro
8:45 – 9:30 - Proposal/s Panel
9:30 – 10:15 - Discussion/Honing the Proposals
10:15—10:45 - Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:45 - Plenary – Introduction of Proposals to the Full Congress/Q&A
12:45-2:00 - Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 - Informal Vote on the Proposals
3:00 – 4:00 - Next Steps

By Public Transport:
Closest Metro - 'Muzeum' (A/C)
By Taxi:
Drop off at the top of Wenceslaws Square by the National Museum
By Car:
Paid parking in the parking lot between the railway station and the State Opera
May 13, 2021, 9:00 AM – May 15, 2021, 10:00 PM
National Museum, Prague,
Václavské nám. 1700/68, 110 00 Praha-Nové Město, Czechia


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