IAPP holds 2024 AI Governance Global conference in Brussels

05/06/2024 | IAPP

The IAPP AI Governance Global 2024 conference was held in Brussels this week. The event featured several keynote speakers, including talks from Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith and Shannon Vallor, a professor of ethics of data and AI at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. 

In another breakout session involving regulators from the UK, EU and US, Leonardo Cervera Navas, the Secretary-General of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), spoke about how hard AI governance professionals will be required to work to ensure the success of emerging AI legislative frameworks. Cervera Navas said: "We really need to set up clear mechanisms and governance structures." 

In the closing session, two leading AI developers and an EU Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) negotiator discussed their views on the role of AI regulation. 

In related news, Axios reports that Meredith Whittaker, president of encrypted messaging app Signal and co-founder of the AI Now Institute, criticised the "surveillance business model" of big tech companies. Whitiker explained that the cost involved in developing AI systems are such that it places incredible pressure on technology companies to monetise AI through the sale of personal data. When asked about Microsoft's Recall AI feature, Whittaker said that it is "a serious hijacking of trust" and a target for hackers.

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Brad Smith, Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith, IAPP AI Governance Global 2024

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