Digital Humanism Summit on AI and Democratic Sustainability – Day 2

Conferences and Workshops

The release of ChatGPT has stirred worldwide enthusiasm as well as anxieties. It has triggered popular awareness of the far-reaching impact of the latest generative AI, which ranges from numerous beneficial uses to worrisome concerns for open democratic societies and the lives of their citizens. We are concerned about the enormous concentration of power, resources, and prioritization of future AI R&D directions in the hands of Big Tech as well as under the control of government bureaucracies. 

We gathered in Vienna to identify possible responses to this global challenge and opportunities for meeting it through collective action, such as policy recommendations.

The event was organized around four themes: 
1. Generative AI, its power and shortcomings
2. The sociopolitical impact of AI
3. AI regulation and global governance 
4. Addressing issues of scale and jurisdiction in  AI governance and devising a joint policy statement for expanded future collaboration and advocacy.

You can find the entire program here


9:00-10:30: Approaches to AI Regulation and Global Governance
(Moderator: Dylan Sparks, Luminate) 
The G7 Role in Global AI and Tech
Andrew Wyckoff (OECD) 

AI Regulations Worldwide: Differences & Commonalities
Marc Rotenberg (Center on AI and Digital Policy)

Regulating the Digital Landscape (online)
Lucilla Sioli (EU Commission) 

11:00-12:30 Concentration of Power and Democracy
(Moderator: George Metakides, DEF)

Big Tech, Concentration of Power, and New Approaches to Antitrust
Viktoria Robertson (WU Wien/University of Graz)

Antitrust in the age of Big Tech and AI
Zephyr Teachout (Fordham University)

13:30-15:00 AI Governance and Safeguarding Democracy - Policy Recommendations
Moderators: Allison Stanger (Middlebury College), Hannes Werthner (TU Wien)
First input by session moderators summarizing the major outcomes of respective sessions

15:00–17:00 Policy Recommendations Continued



This two-day invitation-only event was organized by the Digital Humanism Initiative, the OSUN Hannah Arendt Humanities Network at Bard College, and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna.