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AI Governance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a crucial social concern, far beyond its technical roots, including calls for AI governance and the emergence of Critical AI Studies. AI governance includes AI policy, but it goes far beyond regulation. It includes a wide range of mechanisms such as international collaboration and frameworks, certifications and labels, ethics review boards and auditing, public engagement and stakeholder involvement, best practices, standard setting, and ethics guidelines. Salient issues are, for instance, algorithmic bias and discrimination, social risks of automated decision-making, and the danger of ignoring the dimensions of human labor, social inequality and existing political institutions in the context of the current AI hype. A sociotechnical perspective is therefore essential to an accurate understanding of the dynamics and challenges of contemporary AI and its governance initiatives. 

  • AI ethics


    • Jobin, A. et al. 2021. “AI Reflections in 2020.” Nature Machine Intelligence 3(1):2–8.
    • Jobin, A. 2020a. “Ethical Artificial Intelligence – On Principles and Processes.” Pp. 134–49 in Digital Transformation and Ethics, edited by Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development and Hengstschläger, M. Ecowin.
    • Jobin, A. 2020b. “Ethics Guidelines Galore for AI – so Now What?” Zukunftsblog | ETH Zürich.
    • Gille F., Jobin A., and Ienca, M. 2020. “What We Talk about When We Talk about Trust: Theory of Trust for AI in Healthcare.” Intelligence-Based Medicine 1–2:100001. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmed.2020.100001.
    • Jobin, A. et al. 2019. “The Global Landscape of AI Ethics Guidelines.” Nature Machine Intelligence 389–99.
  • AI policy


    • L. Liebig , L. Güttel, A. Jobin, and C. Katzenbach . 2022. “Subnational AI Policy: Shaping AI in a Multi-Level Governance System.” AI & SOCIETY.
    • L. Liebig & A. Jobin (2022). AI made in X: the German AI policy landscape. HIIG blog.
    • A. Jobin, L. Guettel, L. Liebig, and C. Katzenbach. 2021. “AI Federalism: Shaping AI Policy within States in Germany.”
    • E. Belinchon, B. Bollmann, J. Cussins Newman, A. Jobin, and J. Nakonz. 2019. Towards an Inclusive Future in AI. A Global Participatory Process. Policy Recipes. Zürich: foraus - Forum Aussenpolitik.
  • The social dimensions of AI and connected algorithmic systems


    • Jobin, A. and Katzenbach, C.. 2023. “The Becoming of AI: A Critical Perspective on the Contingent Formation of AI.” Pp. 43–55 in Handbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence. Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Jobin, A. 2018. “Was bei Algorithmen hinten herauskommt, weiss niemand so genau – und warum, noch viel weniger.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 18, 41.
    • Jobin, A. 2017. “Von A(pfelkuchen) bis Z(ollkontrolle): Weshalb Algorithmen nicht neutral sind.” Pp. 154–70 in Smartphone-Demokratie. #Fake News #Facebook #Bots #Populismus #Weibo #Civic Tech, edited by A. Fichter. Zurich: NZZ Libro.