Governing through the cloud: the role of compute providers in AI regulation

Past Event

26 April 2024, 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Oxford Martin School & Online
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Hands around a computer generated globe

As jurisdictions worldwide started regulating the most powerful AI systems, there is a growing need for effective enforcement mechanisms that can both verify compliance and respond to violations.

What role can compute providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud play in supporting AI governance frameworks? Is it possible to establish a harmonised international compute oversight scheme among governments with competing political interests? What lessons can we learn from existing international cooperation frameworks in other industries to inform global AI regulation?

Join us for a presentation of key authors of our recent paper: Governing Through the Cloud: The Intermediary Role of Compute Providers in AI Regulation. We will delve deeper into these questions in a panel discussion with leading scholars from computer science, international relations, and beyond.


Lennart Heim: Research Fellow, Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI),

Janet Egan: Researcher, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

Panel discussion


Vili Lehdonvirta: Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research, Oxford Internet Institute

Noa Zilberman: Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Robert Trager: Co-Director of the Oxford Martin AI Governance Initiative

Registration is not required for this event but you can find more info at: Governing Through the Cloud: The Role of Compute Providers in AI Regulation Tickets, Fri 26 Apr 2024 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

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