Speaker: Mutale Nkonde, Founder and Executive Director, AI for the People
Moderated by: Professor Colleen V. Chien.
The AI, Equity, and Law series at Santa Clara University School of Law, curated by Professor Colleen Chien, welcomes Mutale Nkonde to discuss her views on pending AI Federal Legislation and how her organization, AI for the People, works with technology experts to understand how AI systems affect Black lives and uses popular culture to educate Black audiences about the social justice implications of AI. Nkonde will also discuss her work on the recently introduced “Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022,” a landmark bill that seeks to bring new transparency and oversight of software, algorithms, and other automated systems that are used to make critical decisions about nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives. The impact of AI will touch the lives of millions of underrepresented Americans in the coming years. It is imperative that we address the critical ethical and policy questions surrounding AI technology to ensure this impact is equitable.
Mutale Nkonde is founder and Executive Director of AI for the People, a non profit that uses popular culture to educate Black audiences about the social justice implications of the use of AI Technologies in public life. Nkonde is a thought leader in AI policymaking that has advised Congress and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School; she also serves on the Tik Tok Content Advisory Council. Nkonde was formerly an AI Policy advisor and was part of a team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability and Deep Fakes Accountability Acts to the US House of Representatives as well as the No Biometric Barriers Act. She started her career as a broadcast journalist and produced documentaries for the BBC, CNN & ABC.