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

29 April 2024

Portrait of Professor Robert Trager

with Professor Robert Trager

Robert F. Trager is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin AI Governance Initiative, International Governance Lead at the Centre for the Governance of AI, and Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is a...

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