Artificial intelligence and AI governance

National Security College | Professional course


Program dates updated

Artificial intelligence has captured the popular imagination, yet it is a complex set of technologies that remains ill-defined and poorly understood. This program cuts through both fear and hype to explore how AI can and should be used in different domains, with a focus on its implications for national security, ethics and geopolitics.

A range of speakers from across government, academia and industry will provide their insights on the impact of AI, how different AI technologies are currently being used and what opportunities and risks it presents. The first day of the program will focus on what AI is (and isn’t). The second day will focus on questions around AI ethics and governance. Through a series of activities, participants will be encouraged to critically assess how AI could be deployed in their own organisational contexts and what safeguards might be needed.

This course is aimed at policy practitioners and managers who do not have a technical background but want to gain an understanding of AI beyond the news headlines. No prior knowledge or security clearances are required to attend.

Course date: 
14–15 June 2022
Marie Reay Teaching Centre, Building #155, 155 University Ave, ANU

Course presenter(s)

Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, AO FAHA FTSE is the Director of the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University, and a Vice President and a Senior Fellow in the advance research and development labs at Intel Corporation. Genevieve holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist, having spent more than two decades in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development and social science and design research capabilities. She is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and for being an important voice in the global debates around artificial intelligence and human society In 2017, Genevieve returned to Australia and established the 3A Institute at the Australian National University in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to safely, sustainably and responsibly scale AI-enabled cyber-physical systems. In 2021, she was appointed Director of the new School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University, which as well as housing the 3A Institute, will build out capacity in Systems and Design. Genevieve is also a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board, Member of the Prime Minister’s National Science and Technology Council, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, SRI International Engelbart Distinguished Fellow and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Jake Blight

Jake Blight joined the ANU National Security College in January 2022 as an Associate Professor. He has been working in the field of National Security Law for over 20 years. In that time, Jake has worked in a range of roles including in the Australian Government Solicitor, as a General Counsel and as the Deputy and Acting Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. He has advised extensively on the interpretation of security and intelligence related legislation and been involved in national security litigation. Jake has been involved in some way in most of the major tranches of national security law reform in the last 20 years and has frequently appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Olivia Shen

Olivia is a Director in the Executive and Professional Development Program on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. She joined the National Security College in July 2021 after a decade of working in national security and foreign policy roles in the Australian Government. In 2019 Olivia completed her Fulbright Scholarship, where her research focussed on artificial intelligence and national security.

Professor Edward Santow

Edward Santow is Industry Professor - Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Ed leads UTS’s new initiative on building Australia’s capability on ethical artificial intelligence. Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, technology and regulation, public law and discrimination law.

From 2016-2021, Ed was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, where he led the Commission’s work on AI and new technology; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; national security; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

Ed is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and serves on a number of boards and committees.

In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ed previously served as chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and was a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.

More presenters still to be announced!

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