Call for Submissions | EPIC Symposium on Regulating AI

Actualizing AI regulation to build equity and trust

The use of automated decision making is largely unregulated throughout the world, and the inner workings of the systems are often opaque. In many cases, members of the public are not even aware that AI systems are being used to make decisions that impact their lives. While these systems may be deployed to serve important functions, they should not be deployed without the mechanisms necessary to achieve explicability (transparency and accountability), equity, and trust in both the systems and entities procuring and operating the systems. In this symposium, EPIC aims to highlight and discuss concrete and innovative solutions to achieve these goals and ensure adequate oversight of new automated decision-making systems. EPIC especially encourages submissions from members of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, gender-marginalized communities, and lower-income individuals who are most often the victims of imbalanced surveillance. View our statement on supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against systemic oppression.

Proposals should:
  • Detail or evaluate concrete educational, policy, or operational solutions to a problem of algorithmic harm defined by the author. Harms can be physical, reputational, informational, or take other farms.
  • Consider the disproportionate harm algorithmic systems has on marginalized populations, and how power structures can be adjusted and held accountable.
  • Compare regulatory regimes in different jurisdictions or proposed by other individuals.
  • Grapple with challenges or impediments to implement the solution they propose (i.e. political will, fiscal constraints, pre-emption concerns)
The proposals do not need to propose comprehensive solutions for algorithmic harm, but proposals that are not comprehensive should clearly define the target and scope. Proposals about limitations of certain regulatory approaches, how to address harms felt by particular groups, forms of Algorithmic Impact Assessments and mandatory audits, and causes of action are particularly welcome.

Submissions can include flash talks (between 10 and 20 minutes), model legislation with explanatory memoranda, academic papers, and more. Submitters are welcome to republish, summarize, or present on pieces published elsewhere. If you have any questions, email winters@epic.org. Learn more about EPIC’s AI work at epic.org/ai.

The abstract is due on June 1, 2021 (maximum 500 words) and final versions of accepted submissions will be due by September 21, 2021. At September 21 symposium, contributors will present there submission in a public event, in addition to other planned panel discussions. Submissions will be published on EPIC's website as Proceedings of the event and distributed through legal databases such as HeinOnline. For flash talks, transcriptions will be published in lieu of written content.

Abstract: Submit to winters@epic.org by June 1, 2021. Decisions will be made by July 15, 2021. Symposium will be held on September 21, 2021.

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