Data for Policy 2024

Decoding the Future: Trustworthy Governance with AI?

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London Programme

9th – 11th July 2024

Please Note: Programme may be subject to change at short notice

Venue: Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, SW7 2AZ
Rooms G16, G34, 119/120, 121/122
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Day One

9th July 2024

09:00

Arrivals & Registration (Tea & Coffee)


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09:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Zeynep Engin, Chair & Director, Data for Policy CIC (@dataforpolicy)
  • Mark Kennedy, Director, Data Science Institute, Imperial College London
  • Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost of Imperial College London

“Our Nation in Numbers: The power of statistics in decision-making”
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, UK National Statistician

10:00

Plenary 1

Plenary Session 1: “Transforming Governance with AI & Trustworthiness” (Room G16)

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Transforming Governance with AI & Trustworthiness

Speakers:

  • Joel Martin, Chief Digital Research Officer & Chief Science Officer, National Research Council Canada
  • Gianluca Misuraca, AI4Gov Executive Director, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Barbara Ubaldi, Head of Digital Government and Data Unit, OECD
  • David Shrier, Professor of Practice, AI & Innovation, Imperial College London
  • Alexander Iosad, Senior Advisor, Government Innovation Policy, Tony Blair Institute

Chair: Zeynep Engin, Chair & Director, Data for Policy CIC (@dataforpolicy)

11:00

Break


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11:30

Parallel Session 1

Panel: Exploring Open Data with Leaders in Industry (1A) – Room G16
Digital & Data-Driven Transformations in Governance (St1) (1B) – Room G34
Anticipating Migration for Policymaking (Sp2) (1C) – Room 119/120

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Session 1A (Room G16): Exploring open data with leaders in industry 
Speakers:

  • Afua van Haasteren, Director, Health Policy & External Affairs, Roche 
  • Carlos Martínez Miguel, Global Director – AI & Data Solutions and Services, Telefonica
  • Yiu-Shing Pang, Open Data Manager at UK Power Networks

Chair(s): Jennifer Hansen, Director, Open Data Policy & Strategy, Microsoft 

Session 1B – (Room G34)  St1.a: Digital & Data-driven Transformations in Governance

  • “How to design AI for public value: A socio-technical approach” ; Viviana Bastidas – University of Cambridge,UK, Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong – University of Cambridge,UK, and Jennifer Schooling – Professor of Digital Innovation and Smart Places at Anglia Ruskin University. (5049)
  • “Investigating Public Sector Innovation Labs as-an-approach toward Data and AI-centric innovations in European National Governments”; Francesco Leoni – Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano,Italy, Stefano Maffei – Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano,Italy and Bria Jammali-Versace – Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano,Italy. (1039)
  • “Data Governance in Data Altruism: archetypes definition”; Federico Bartolomucci – Politecnico di Milano,Italy, Edoardo Ramalli – Politecnico di Milano,Italy and Valeria Maria Urbano – Politecnico di Milano,Italy. (1676)
  • Exploring the Intersection of Political Orientation and AI Governance Research: A Comprehensive Analysis of US Think-Tank Publications Using Large Language Models” ; Emily Eunji Kim – Georgia Institute of Technology. (4761)
  • Chair: Keegan McBride, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Session 1C – Sp2.a: Anticipating Migration for Policymaking

  • “Towards a Taxonomy of Anticipatory Methods: Integrating Traditional and Innovative Methods for Migration Policy” ; Sara Marcucci -The Governance Lab, New York, United States of America and Stefaan Verhulst – The Governance Lab, New York, United States of America. (DAP-2023-0173)
  • “Augmentation or Replication? Assessing Big Data’s Role in Migration Studies” ; Tuba Bircan – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. (DAP-2023-0088)
  • “Developing AI predictive migration tools to enhance humanitarian support. The case of EUMigraTool” ; Cristina Blasi Casagran – Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Mr Georgios Stavropoulos – Information Technologies Institute Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece. (DAP-2023-0095)
  • “Safeguarding migrant rights through open digital ecosystem (ODE) principles:a prerequisite for deploying anticipatory methods” ; Rohan Pai – Aapti Institute and Amrita Nanda – Aapti Institute. (7821)
  • Chair: Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge and The Alan Turing Institute

12:30

Lunch

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13.30

Keynote Lecture 1

AI and Data Policy: Antagonism or Symbiosis?” –  Jennifer Prendki

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Keynote Lecture 1 (Room G16):  “AI and Data Policy: Antagonism or Symbiosis?”

Speaker: Jennifer Prendki, Head of Generative AI Data, Google DeepMind

Chair: Mark Kennedy, Director, Data Science Institute, Imperial College London

 

14:30

Parallel Session 2

Panel: Harnessing Data and Ai for Climate Action: Bridging the Gap to Effective Policy (2A) – Room G16
Panel: Making Digitalisation Environmentally Sustainable – organised in collaboration with UN Trade & Development (UNCTAD) – Room G34
Session: Developing Country Perspectives (2C) –  Room 119/120
Global Challenges & Dynamic Global Threats (St6) (2D) – Room 121/122

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Session 2A (Room G16) – Harnessing Data and AI for Climate Action: Bridging the Gap to Effective Policy
Speakers:

  • Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Innovation at Grantham Institute for Climate change and the Environment, Imperial College London
  • Katharina Weitz, Project Manager & Researcher, Department of Artificial Intelligence, Fraunhofer HHI
  • Massimo Bonavita, Principal Scientist, ECMWF – European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Robin Lamboll, Researcher, Imperial College London

Chair: Rossella Arcucci, Imperial College London

Session 2B (Room G34): Making Digitalisation Environmentally Sustainable – organised in collaboration with UN Trade & Development (UNCTAD)

Speakers:

  • Torbjörn Fredriksson, Head E-commerce and Digital Economy Branch, UN Trade & Development (presenting UNCTAD Digital Economy Report 2024)
  • Dorothea Kleine, Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Sheffield
  • George Kamiya, Independent Expert
  • Francesco Mureddu, Senior Director, The Lisbon Council

Chair: Zeynep Engin, Chair & Director, Data for Policy CIC

Session 2C – Developing Country Perspectives

  • “Knowledge, Attitudes and Readiness Towards Artificial Intelligence in Government Services; A developing Country Perspective” ; Eric Afful-Dadzie – University of Ghana Business School and Samuel Lartey – University of Ghana Business School. Sp3. (2122)
  • “Towards A Fair and Equitable Data Ecosystem for Low Resource Languages” ; Dorcas Nyamwaya -​​ Equiano Institute, Susan Otieno -​​ Equiano Institute, Chinasa T. Okolo -​​ Equiano Institute, Abigail Oppong -​​ Equiano Institute, and Jonas Kgomo -​​ Equiano Institute. Sp3.(9826)
  • “A political economy of information disorder in South and Southeast Asia” ; Nicola Nixon – The Asia Foundation. Sp4. (3059)
  • “Social Media in Elections: A Glimpse of Mis/Disinformation from Developing Countries”; Charmaine Distor – United Nations University, Danilo Đikanović – United Nations University and Soumaya Ben Dhau – United Nations University. Sp4. (9103)
  • “Community Based AI Governance” ; Jonas Kgomo -​​ Equiano Institute. (4596)
  • Chair: Stanley Wood, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington

Session 2D – St6.a: Global Challenges & Dynamic Threats

  • “AI and Digital Transformation of the Greater China Region:  A Comparative Study of AI strategies in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong” ; Wilson Wong – The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Charles Hinnant – Florida State University, and Natalie Wong – National Chengchi University. (465)
  • “Blockchain as a new dynamic in interrogating AI-aided power centralisation with technological potential of decentralisation: A case of China’s contested blockchain governance, and applying blockchain in data-driven governance” ; Zichen Hu – London School of Economics and Political Science,UK. (629) Zenodo discussion paper
  • The ‘Coup’ Season: What Can Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Tell Us About the Resurgence of Coup D’Etats in Africa?” ; Elikplimi Komla Agbloyor – University of Ghana Business School, Boakye Danquah – University of Ghana Business School, Agyapomaa Gyeke Dako – University of Ghana Business School and Lei Pan – Curtin University. (7406)
  • Chair: Roger Scott-Douglas, Acting President, National Research Council of Canada

15:30

Break

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15:50

Parallel Session 3

Moving from Data Intelligence to Collective Decision Intelligence (Sp9) (3A) – Room G16
Panel: Now You See Me: Expert Panel on Data-driven Decision making, Insights from Practice (3B) – Room G34
Algorithmic Governance (St5) (3C) – Room 119/120
Technologies & Analytics (St2) (3D) – Room 121/122

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Session 3A (Room G16) – Moving from data intelligence to collective decision intelligence

Speakers:

  • Sally Cripps, Human Technology Institute, University Technology, Sydney
  • Sir Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation, University College London
  • Stefaan Verhulst, The GovLab, New York University
  • Ben Gales,Chief Impact Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • Gilad Francis, University of Technology, Sydney

Chair: Alex Fischer, Human Technology Institute, University Technology, Sydney

  • Moving from data intelligence to collective decision intelligence” ; Sally Cripps – Human Technology Institute, University Technology, Sydney, Stefaan Verhulst – The GovLab and Alex Fischer – Australian National University. Sp8. (7416)
  • Revisiting the assumptions around the data revolution as an accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals.“ ; Alex Fischer – Australian National University, Grant Cameron – United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Castelline Tilus – United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 7416 [3476]
  • “Decision Accelerator Labs: Moving From Collective Data Intelligence to Collective Decision Intelligence.” ; Stefaan Verhulst – GovLab and Alex Fischer – Australian National University. 7416 [4388]
  • “From data to systems intelligence” ; Sir Geoff Mulgan – University College London. 7416 [2741])
  • “BLADE: Bayesian Learning for Adversarial Defence” ;  Gilad Francis – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Ngoc Lan Chi Nguyen – School of Computer Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia., Anna Lopatnikova – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia /Discipline of Business Analytics, The University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia., Hadi Mohasel Afshar – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Roman Marchant – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia., Catarina Moreira – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia. and Sally Cripps – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia. (DAP-2023-0178)
  • “Bayesian Adaptive Trials for Social Policy” ; Sally Cripps – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Anna Lopatnikova – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia. / Discipline of Business Analytics, The University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia. Hadi Mohasel Afshar – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia., Ben Gales – Paul Ramsay Foundation, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia, Roman Marchant – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Gilad Francis – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Catarina Moreira – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia. and Alex Fischer – Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. (DAP-2023-0179) Zenodo discussion paper
  • “Bayesian Causal Discovery for Policy Decision Making” ; Catarina Moreira – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Ngoc Lan Chi Nguyen – School of Computer Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Gilad Francis – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Hadi Mohasel Afshar – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, Anna Lopatnikova – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia/Discipline of Business Analytics, The University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia, Sally Cripps – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, and Roman Marchant – Human Technology Institute, University Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW, Australia. (DAP-2023-0180) Video on Zenodo

Session 3B (Room G34)Now you see me: Expert panel on data-driven decision making, insights from practice (6777)

Speakers:

  • Alessandro PaciaroniResearch Associate, The Lisbon Council
  • Marcella Bonanomi, Senior Research Associate & Project Manager, Municipality of Milan
  • Antonio Filograna, Senior Researcher, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.

Chair: Francesco Mureddu, Senior Director, The Lisbon Council

Session 3C – St5.a: Algorithmic Governance

  • “Human-Machine Collaboration for Enhanced Decision-Making in Governance” ; Dirk Van Rooy – University of Antwerp, Belgium. (DAP-2023-0183)
  • “Human oversight of algorithmic decisions: a post-deployment empirical investigation” ; Susana Lavado – Nova School of Business and Economics, Charles Wan – Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Leid Zejnilovic – Nova School of Business and Economics. (4411)
  • “Trust in algorithmic governance: A meta-analysis” ; Evrim Tan – KU Leuven. (2715)
  • Chair: Bram Klievink, Professor of Public Policy, Leiden University

Session 3D –  St2.a: Technologies & Analytics

  • “ “Smart or not”: An Assessment Practice of Customer Service Chatbot from the Chinese Public Sector Based on Benchmark Testing” ; Yuting Huang – School of Government, Peking University, Futian Shao – Laboratory for Government Big Data and Public Policy, Peking University and Weiyi Zhang – Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester. (904)
  • “Influence of Covid-19 Pandemic on Population-Level Behavioral Changes: An IoT Based Study in the USA” ; Jasleen Kaur – University of Waterloo, Arlene Oetomo – University of Waterloo, Vivek Chauhan – University of Waterloo and Plinio Morita – University of Waterloo. (6390)
  • “AI for Women’s Financial Inclusion – An Analysis of Product Design and Policy Approaches in Nigeria” ; Adekemi Olufunmilola Omotubora – University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. (DAP-2023-0144)
  • Chair: Omar Isaac Asensio, Director of the Data Science & Policy Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology

16:50

Closing Remarks

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Closing Remarks (Room G16) : ‘The AI Revolution and London

Speaker: Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London, Mayor of London

Chair: Zeynep Engin, Chair & Director, Data for Policy CIC

17:10

End of Day One Programme

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