Thursday, 11 July 2024 07:19

Ensuring Civil Rights in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Government Leaders Convene to Address Challenges and Opportunities

Today, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division led a significant gathering of principals from partner civil rights offices and senior government officials. The focus of the meeting was on the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and civil rights, recognizing the increasing prevalence of AI technologies in everyday life.

This gathering marked the third such event organized by the Civil Rights Division, in response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14110 on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. This executive order mandates the coordination of federal agencies to utilize their authorities effectively. The goal is to prevent and address unlawful discrimination and other potential harms arising from the deployment of AI in various government programs and services.

The initiative emphasizes the dual approach of safeguarding against discriminatory practices while promoting the promising societal, medical, and technological advancements that AI can facilitate. It underscores the crucial role of proactive measures to ensure that AI development and deployment adhere to civil rights principles and ethical standards.

During the meeting, participants discussed strategies to enhance coordination among federal agencies, ensuring a cohesive approach to AI governance that prioritizes fairness, accountability, and transparency. They explored mechanisms to mitigate risks associated with AI, including bias and disparate impacts, particularly in critical areas such as healthcare, education, and law enforcement.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke highlighted the Justice Department's commitment to leveraging its oversight and enforcement capabilities to uphold civil rights in the AI landsca

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Today, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division convened principals from partner civil rights offices and senior government officials, where they discussed the importance of #ArtificialIntelligence and civil rights coordination as new technologies become more common in daily life.

This was the third such convening hosted by the Civil Rights Division following President Biden’s Executive Order on the Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence (EO 14110), which tasks the Civil Rights Division with coordinating federal agencies to use our authorities to prevent and address unlawful discrimination and other harms that may result from the use of AI in programs and benefits, while preserving the potential social, medical and other advances AI may spur.

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