Responsible AI: Balancing Regulation, Ethics, and the Future

January 26, 2024

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Women Defining AI is publishing an insightful new AI legal and policy perspective paper titled Responsible AI in Action: Balancing Regulation, Ethics, and the Future. This paper serves as a comprehensive guide to the contemporary AI landscape and is crafted to empower businesses to make sense of this dynamic environment. Berkeley Law Executive Education is pleased to make this valuable resource available to practitioners and other leaders who want to better understand the regulatory and ethical considerations surrounding the development and adoption of artificial intelligence technologies.

The paper will be released in the following three-parts.

Part 1, Navigating Regulatory Frontiers, provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of AI regulations and their impact on companies, emphasizing significant developments in the European Union, the United States, and the international arena. It sheds light on key regulatory initiatives such as the EU AI Act and the Biden Administration’s Executive Order, exploring their implications for various business sectors. This section is crucial for organizations aiming to effectively integrate these new regulatory frameworks into their AI strategies.

Part 2, Ethical AI: Mitigating Risk, Bias, and Harm covers AI Governance, Bias and Fairness, Data Privacy, and how to navigate AI Vendor relationships. Our aim with this paper is to empower the entire AI community, whether you are a developer, deployer, or user, to advocate for and contribute to the development and deployment of AI in a manner that benefits society and industry alike, ensuring technology advances in alignment with ethical standards.

Part 3, Forecast & Takeaways, offers critical insights into the future of AI governance. It outlines pivotal developments in organizational structures, cross-functional oversight, brand management, and board composition that will define responsible AI innovation. Additionally, Part 3 highlights the integral role of diversity, illuminating how the inclusion of diverse perspectives, especially women, in AI development is essential for shaping ethical and socially beneficial advancements. It provides actionable guidance for businesses seeking to implement inclusive and ethical AI governance.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Berkeley Law or the University of California.

Author Bios

Irene Liu

Irene Liu

Irene Liu is an Executive in Residence at Berkeley Law and the founder and CEO of Hypergrowth GC, an advisory that empowers technology executives and their GCs for hypergrowth. She is a frequent writer and contributor to the Thomson Reuters Institute and hosts the “Hypergrowth GC” video series on Luminate+ and “Coffee Break with Irene Liu” on Berkeley Boosts.

Irene brings invaluable expertise on AI as an Advisor for Berkeley Law’s AI Institute and a Foundational Advisor for Women Defining AI. She further contributes crucial insights on AI to the California government on AI-related matters and has previously spoken at an FTC public hearing on AI.

Before going in-house, Irene worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and the Federal Trade Commission in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Irene was the Chief Financial and Legal Officer of Hopin, a leading community engagement platform, where she managed legal, finance, policy, and trust & safety teams. She was also the General Counsel of Checkr, a provider of modern background checks, where she managed legal, compliance, policy, finance, and customer education teams.

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Teresa N. Burlison

Teresa N. Burlison is an experienced attorney and advisor who most recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sparrow, an employee leave management and regulatory compliance platform that combines SaaS technology with high-touch customer service. Previously, she served as online publishing company Medium’s Chief Administrative Officer, where she led the company’s legal and operations teams, and as the Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Employment Law at Dropbox before and after its successful IPO. Before going in-house, Teresa spent over 10 years practicing law in Silicon Valley, including at firms Morrison & Foerster and Baker & McKenzie.

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Shella Neba

Shella Neba is an accomplished attorney and executive, renowned for her 15-plus years as a trusted and strategic legal advisor to corporate boards and management of private and publicly traded companies. Her expertise is highlighted by her recent role as the chief legal officer and member of the executive management team for Gem, a Series C enterprise SaaS company valued at $1.2 billion. Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys of San Francisco” by Attorney Intel, Shella was an instrumental member of Gem’s AI core team, steering the full lifecycle of AI products from development to market.  Shella was also a member of the senior leadership team at Slack, contributing to its direct public listing and international expansion. Shella earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and was a partner at the law firm of Littler Mendelson before beginning her in-house career.

Women Defining AI

Women Defining AI (WDAI) is a trailblazing organization focused on empowering women and non-binary individuals in artificial intelligence. We offer a unique blend of hands-on learning and community support to engage mid-career individuals with non-technical backgrounds to demystify and ultimately define AI. In our mission to democratize AI knowledge, making it accessible, relatable, and engaging, we aim to be a vital force in shaping the future of women in technology.