AI Policy Hub

Advancing interdisciplinary research to anticipate and address AI policy opportunities

About

The AI Policy Hub is an interdisciplinary initiative training forward-thinking researchers to develop effective governance and policy frameworks to guide artificial intelligence, today and into the future.

Research conducted through the AI Policy Hub helps policymakers and other AI decision-makers act with foresight in rapidly changing social and technological environments.

Our mission is to cultivate an interdisciplinary research community to anticipate and address policy opportunities for safe and beneficial AI. 

Our vision is a future in which AI technologies do not exacerbate division, harm, violence, and inequity, but instead foster human connection and societal well-being.

We are housed at the AI Security Initiative, part of the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and the University of California’s CITRIS Policy Lab, part of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS).

We also collaborate with other UC Berkeley departments and centers that are contributing work on AI governance and policy, including Berkeley’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) and its affiliated School of Information, the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI), the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), the College of Engineering, and the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Research Priorities

Our research is focused on forward-looking, consequential, and societal-scale implications of AI. 

Current topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Monopolization and control of AI development, infrastructure, and capabilities
  • Government abuses of AI power (e.g. censorship, surveillance, and human rights abuses)
  • AI-enabled persuasion and manipulation (e.g. recommender systems, dark patterns, computational propaganda)
  • Weaponization of AI (e.g. lethal autonomous weapon systems and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure)
  • Identification and mitigation of AI-enabled harms to civil and political rights (e.g., in education, voting, housing, employment, and healthcare)
  • Geopolitical dynamics and international coordination
  • AI and disaster preparedness
  • Technical/governance processes, including standards for the quality, reliability, robustness, and explainability of AI systems
  • Monitoring of AI accidents, incidents, and issues
  • Models of AI documentation and transparency
  • Innovative legislative/regulatory models for AI

Student Support

The AI Policy Hub annually supports cohorts of four UC Berkeley graduate student researchers across an academic year, beginning Fall 2022. Program participants are supported through faculty and staff mentorship, access to world-renowned experts, training sessions, a public symposium, and opportunities to meet directly with policymakers and other decision-makers. 

Participants of the AI Policy Hub make meaningful contributions to the AI policy landscape, helping to reduce the harmful impacts and amplify the benefits of AI and its rapidly evolving technological capacities.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to: 

  • Conduct innovative research that addresses one or more of the topics of interest
  • Publish research through a white paper and/or journal article
  • Translate research into at least one policy deliverable (e.g. op-ed, policy brief)
  • Present their work at the annual symposium
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and the speaker series events
  • Support fellow members of their cohort by providing feedback

Apply!

A key goal of the AI Policy Hub is to strengthen interdisciplinary research approaches to AI policy while expanding inclusion of diverse perspectives, which we believe is necessary to support safe and beneficial AI into the future. We encourage UC Berkeley students actively enrolled in graduate degree programs (Master’s and PhD students) from all departments and disciplines to apply.

The 2022 application period has now closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for information about how to apply for the next cohort.

Contact

If you are a UC Berkeley student with inquiries about the application, or a faculty member or researcher in the field interested in collaboration or providing student mentorship, please contact Jessica Newman at jessica.newman@berkeley.edu. For media inquiries, please contact Charles Kapelke at ckapelke@berkeley.edu. Interested in supporting our work philanthropically? Shanti Corrigan at shanti@berkeley.edu can gladly facilitate introductions across our team of experts and clarify the impact gifts of all sizes can make to advance our mission.