Global AI Governance: Perspectives from Four Continents


  • Samson Esayas


  • Sofia Ranchordas
  • Angela Daly
  • Celina Bottino Beatriz
  • Amar Ashar

Organisation: The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society (NCIS) at BI Norwegian Business School

Room: Online 2

Timing: 14:15 - 15:30 on 27 January 2021

The development and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within all domains of business, society, and governance has accelerated in recent years. Although the current debate chiefly focuses on the economic consequences of AI, there is a growing awareness of the broader societal impacts of AI, especially the unequal ways in which the benefits and harms may be distributed across populations and geographies. This panel will bring perspectives from four continents on the societal impacts of AI, focusing on salient concerns and governance approaches in the respective regions – European Union perspective; US perspective; Australian and Asia Pacific perspective; Latin America perspective. The aim is to leverage globally diverse viewpoints, and practical experience, and thereby contribute to the development of a shared understanding and more harmonized research efforts in addressing the societal impacts of AI technologies.

• What are the salient concerns and drivers of AI governance in your region?
• How has the policy response been so far?
• What effect is the COVID-19 pandemic having on the AI governance discourse? Has it intensified the urgency to
deploy AI technologies as much as the need for regulatory responses?
• What do you think other regions can learn from the initiatives and responses in your region?
• Is it practical and desirable to think about global AI governance?


Samson Esayas

Nordic Centre for Internet and Society (NCIS), BI Norwegian Business School (NO)

Dr. Samson Esayas is an associate professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Law and Governance. His research focuses on the interplay between law, technology and markets as regulatory tools, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between data privacy and competition law.


Sofia Ranchordas

University of Groningen (NL)

Sofia Ranchordas is a Full Professor of European and Comparative Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Sofia Ranchordas conducts research on public law and digital technology from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her research interests include the study of data-driven regulation, the impact of Big Tech on fundamental rights and good administration as well as new approaches to better regulation, experimental legislation, and innovation policy.

Angela Daly

University of Strathclyde (UK)

Dr Angela Daly is a European/Scottish/Australian socio-legal researcher of the regulation of new (digital) technologies. She co-directs the Centre for Internet Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) where she is also Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Law & Technology. She is the author of Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap (Hart 2016) and Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution (Palgrave 2016), and is the co-editor of Good Data (Institute of Network Cultures 2019). Her recent research examines AI global governance, with particular regard to developments in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Celina Bottino Beatriz

Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio), Darcy Vargas Foundation, and the Children’s and Adolescent’s Rights Protection in Rio de Janeiro (BR)

Celina has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Harvard University. She is an expert on human rights and technology. She was a researcher at the Human Rights Watch in New York and a consultant for the Harvard Human Rights Clinic. Celina is currently developing research in the human rights and technology field. She is affiliated with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and Project Director at the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS).

Amar Ashar

Harvard University (US)