M-RCBG Senior Fellow-Led Study Group: Augustin Jianu

Tuesday, September 26, 4:15-5:45pm
M-RCBG Conference Room (B-102)

Join us for a deep dive into the world of AI and its profound implications in the realm of policymaking. Explore the groundbreaking potential of AI models like OpenAI's ChatGPT in reshaping the future of legislative drafting, policy efficiency, and decision-making. From automating basic outlines to analyzing vast datasets in mere seconds, let us discover together how AI can revolutionize the entire policy-making process.

About the session
The rise of AI large language models (LLMs) has brought forth a new era of possibilities in various sectors. Policymaking, an age-old process full of inefficiencies, biases, and long lead times, stands at the precipice of transformation. AI models have the potential to make this change a reality.

In this session:
1.    We will cover the popularity and power of LLMs.

  •  Understand the meteoric rise of LLMs, and their widespread commercial adoption,
  •   Delve into the staggering success stories of platforms like ChatGPT.

2.    We will explore how AI can revolutionize policymaking.

  • Generate nuanced policy language swiftly.
  •  Analyze vast datasets, identifying patterns and predicting outcomes.
  •  Assist in drafting basic outlines and standard text components.
  •  Combat the challenges of government understaffing and talent loss.

3.    We will assess the efficiency upgrade.

  • Discover how AI, compared to traditional methods, can supercharge the policymaking process by offering swift analysis and guidance. 
  •  Realize the potential of specialized consultancy firms offering AI finetuning services.

4.    We will try to define the multifaceted AI benefit.

  • Speed – How AI can significantly accelerate the often time-consuming policy drafting process.
  • Precision – The role of AI in offering pointed guidance, ensuring proposed changes are viable within the current policy landscape.
  • Objectivity – The ability of AI to remove human biases, ensuring a fair and balanced approach.

Your contribution
While this study group centers solely on the benefits of AI, your insights and perspectives are invaluable. Engage in meaningful discussions, share your opinions, and be a part of a collaborative learning experience that strives to make the future of policymaking brighter and smarter.

About the facilitator
Our research fellow leading this study group – Mr. Augustin Jianu – boasts a rich professional background in both the fields of digital technology and policy. With experience in public office, a strong foundation in software engineering, and hands-on exposure to AI and LLM technology, he is uniquely positioned to guide this discourse. His unique journey – from software development to leading pivotal discussions in public office and academia – makes this study group an unmissable event.

Join us in exploring the transformative benefits of AI in policymaking and be a part of the change you wish to see.

This study group / discussion is open to all. Registration is not necessary.

M-RCBG welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs. To request accommodations or ask questions about access provided, please email: mrcbg@hks.harvard.edu

Augustin Jianu head shotAugustin Jianu is a distinguished Romanian entrepreneur and technocrat, renowned for his expertise in software development, cybersecurity, and policy-making. During his tenure as the Minister of Communications and Information Society in the Government of Romania in 2017, Jianu made significant contributions in the field of technology policy, strategy, and regulation, focusing particularly on cybersecurity, blockchain, AI, IoT, and smart ecosystems. As the Minister, Jianu coordinated the operations of the National Post Company, National Radio Communications Company, and the National Center for Cyber Security Incident Response, among others. His strategic vision and negotiating acumen led to the establishment of a robust legal framework for managing network and information security and the reintroduction of a pivotal tax exemption for Romanian software developers. His tenure saw the capitalization of the National Post Company, thereby securing its financial future, and the initiation of the RO-ALERT system, a novel emergency warning system for citizens. In addition to his public service, Jianu has co-founded several startups in blockchain, big data, digital identity, and digital democracy, demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit. His expertise in cybersecurity has been recognized at the European level; he served as the Director-General of the National Center for Cyber Security Incident Response between 2014 and 2016, and was a key figure on the management board of ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security). A certified cybersecurity expert and product owner, Jianu has established a reputation for forward-thinking, initiative, and commitment to fostering technological growth and security in Romania. His work has paved the way for innovation and development within the Romanian tech sector, and his influence continues to drive positive change in the realm of cybersecurity and digital policy. While an M-CBG Senior Fellow Jianu will pursue research project: “AI Language Models in Policymaking: Assessing Benefits, Risks, and Best Practices.” His faculty sponsor is Sharad Goel, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Email: augustinjianu@hks.harvard.edu