How can regulation help build trustworthy Artificial Intelligence?


  • Audry Plonk


  • Barbara Cosgrove
  • Daniel Braun
  • Francesca Fellowes
  • Raphaël Gellert

Organisation: Workday

Room: Online 1

Timing: 18:40 - 19:45 on 28 January 2021

Public policy on Artificial Intelligence is progressing in Europe, and around the world. The European Commission is expected to publish draft legislation this spring. The Commission has set out its dual objectives of creating an AI ecosystem of trust and an ecosystem of excellence. This means investing in AI capabilities and incentivising uptake by public and private sectors. And, it means setting a legislative framework that mitigates risks to fundamental rights, and ensures that technologies are built and deployed with regard to the interests of individuals whose lives are affected by AI-enabled decision-making. Companies that integrate AI and machine learning capabilities in a growing array of products and applications, are developing processes to build tools that are human-centric, trustworthy, transparent and fair. This panel will discuss the issues the forthcoming policies should address, from the perspectives of policy makers, academia and the private sector.

• How should future policy and legislation frame the responsibilities of companies, authorities and regulators?
• What can companies do to build AI tools that are trustworthy-by-design?
• What role can standards organisations play in creating solutions?
• What are the similarities and differences between the EU approach and policies being developed in other parts of the world?


Audry Plonk


Ms. Audrey Plonk is Head of the Digital Economy Policy (DEP) Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the OECD. As Head of Division, Ms. Plonk is responsible for implementing the programme of work of two committees: the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) and the Committee for Consumer Policy (CCP) as well as the management of STI’s Digital Economy Division. Prior to joining the OECD Ms Plonk was Senior Director, Global Security Policy at Intel Corporation.


Barbara Cosgrove

Workday (US)

Barbara Cosgrove is vice president, chief privacy officer at Workday, and is responsible for Workday’s global privacy and data ethics advocacy and oversight. Barbara has extensive expertise in managing international data protection compliance programs, and implementing data governance policies, technology compliance standards and programs, and privacy-by-design frameworks. She has also served as the chief security officer for Workday. Prior to joining Workday, Barbara led various compliance programs within Kaiser Permanente and PeopleSoft. Barbara holds a Juris Doctor degree from Widener Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Daniel Braun

European Commission (EU)

Daniel Braun is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Ms Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency. He led the team working on the European Democracy Action Plan and his current portfolio covers the topics of disinformation, human centric and ethical approach to AI, as well as economic and monetary affairs. In continuous effort to tackle racism, xenophobia and illegal hate speech Mr Braun was instrumental in initiating and conducting deliberations of the European Commission and major IT platforms, which resulted in the announcement of the Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech in 2016.

Francesca Fellowes

Squire Patton Boggs LLP (UK)

Francesca Fellowes is a Director in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Team at SPB in the UK with 20 years private practice experience. She advises clients on all aspects of data privacy law, including handling data security breaches, complaints from the ICO and data breach claims, data protection due diligence in M&A transactions, e-Privacy advice, advising on international data transfers and data sharing agreements, including advising on commercial arrangements involving complex issues of data ownership and use. Her clients are engaged in a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail and manufacturing, sport and leisure, digital marketing, credit reference and debt recovery agencies.

Raphaël Gellert

Radboud University (NL)

Raphaël Gellert is an assistant professor in ICT and private law at Radboud University, where he is a member of the Radboud Business Law Institute, and of the interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).