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

Tuesday, April 23, 4:30-6:00pm
L-330 Herzog

Join us in a comprehensive analysis of the risks and best practices associated with the use of AI Large Language Models (LLMs) in policymaking. This session will explore critical issues such as bias, privacy concerns, and the integrity of AI-generated content, while also showcasing the how AI could successfully be integrated in policy development.

About the session
As AI technology evolves, its integration into policymaking presents both unprecedented opportunities and significant challenges. The use of LLMs like OpenAI's ChatGPT in policy development brings forth a spectrum of potential risks that need careful consideration and management.

In this session, we will cover:

  1. Known and unknown risks of LLMs
    •    Data Privacy and Security: Examine how LLMs handle sensitive data and discuss potential risks related to data breaches and misuse.
    •    Bias and Fairness: Explore the inherent biases in AI models and their impacts on policy fairness and inclusivity.
    •    Dependence and Overreliance: Discuss the dangers of overreliance on AI for critical decision-making processes.
    •    Exploring unknown or uncharted risks: Explore potential risks that are currently uncharted as well as methods to minimize unknown risks
  2.  Best Practices for Integrating AI in Policymaking
    •    Regulatory Compliance: Learn about guidelines and frameworks to ensure AI applications comply with existing laws and ethical standards.
    •    Transparency and Accountability: Highlight the importance of maintaining transparency in AI decision processes and mechanisms for holding AI systems accountable.
    •    Technology usage considerations: Explore use cases for the technology as well as methods that can be used to achieve relevant and useful results while minimizing risks

Your Contribution
This study group aims to foster a balanced understanding of both the pitfalls of using AI in policymaking and potential mitigation strategies. Your perspectives and experiences are crucial. Engage with us in discussions, provide feedback, and help shape a framework for the responsible use of AI in government. Together, we can strive towards a future where AI enhances policymaking while upholding the highest standards of fairness and integrity.

This in-person study group / discussion is open only to HUID holders. 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