Conference: Data Governance in the Age of Generative AI

Thu, 7 December, 2023 11:00am - 5:30pm
Fri, 8 December, 2023 10:00am - 3:35pm
illustration of AI at the center of government, technology, etc.

Credit: GW's Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub


Cate Douglass; [email protected]

Shannon Mitchell; [email protected]


There is no artificial intelligence (AI) without data. ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI are trained on large and diverse pools of data. However, that data is not governed effectively. Experts say policymakers struggle to enforce copyright and protect personal data, content creators lack protection for their ideas and opinions, and the models may be built on incomplete, inaccurate, and unrepresentative data.

The George Washington University’s Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub and NIST-NSF Trustworthy AI Institute for Law and Society, along with several partners, are hosting a two-day conference on December 7 and December 8, 2023. Organizers aim to identify gaps in data governance, suggest ideas to address those gaps, and promote greater understanding of data governance as a tool of governance for AI.

Speakers include:

  • Jeni Tennison, CEO, Connected by Data;
  • Sébastien Bubeck, Senior Principal Research Manager, Microsoft Research;
  • Yacine Jernite, Machine Learning and Society Lead, Hugging Face;
  • Amanda Ballantyne, Director, AFL-CIO Technology Institute;
  • Janet Haven, Executive Director, Data and Society;
  • Chaitanya K. Baru, Senior Advisor, NSF ;
  • Sayash Kapoor, Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy; and
  • Dr. Alex Hanna, Director of Research, Distributed AI Research Institute.

More details about the program, including the full list of speakers, the schedule, and the topics of conversations, can be found here.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

   11am – 5:30pm EST (doors open at 10:30am)

Friday December 8, 2023

   10:00am – 3:30pm EST (doors open at 9:30am)


GW Elliott School of International Affairs

   Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

   1957 E Street NW, Washington D.C., 20052

The conference will also be accessible online.


Journalists interested in attending, in person or online, must RSVP through the website and notify GW Media Relations Specialists Cate Douglass at [email protected], or Shannon Mitchell at [email protected]. For any questions, email conference director Adam Zable at [email protected].


Funders: Omidyar Network, National Science Foundation (NSF), Ostrom Workshop-Indiana University, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Bertelsmann Stiftung

Partners: Open Future, Connected by Data, George Washington University's Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, IEEE USA, The GovLab, University of Ottawa's AI + Society Initiative, The Bridge, Responsible AI UK and Unanimous AI.


NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS)


Lindner Family Commons, Room 602; GW Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E Street NW Washington DC 20052

Open to everyone.

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