Representatives from Embassies, Industry, the European Union, and the U.S. Government Will Discuss Different Countries’ Approaches to Artificial Intelligence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
SIIA CONTACT: 
Diane Pinto, (202) 789-4480

*** January 25 in Washington, D.C. ***

Representatives from Embassies, Industry, the European Union, and the U.S. Government Will Discuss Different Countries’ Approaches to Artificial Intelligence

SIIA, The George Washington University’s Institute for International Economic Policy, and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy will co-host this event.

WASHINGTON, DC (January 16, 2019) – At 12:30 pm on January 25, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, will co-host an event called, “Artificial Intelligence: What Can We Learn from Other Countries’ Approaches?" with the George Washington University and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the way that we live, work and learn. In many countries, policymakers and business leaders recognize the transformative importance of AI and are developing policies to ensure that their country is competitive in AI. To be competitive in AI requires not only significant capital, but also skills, research, an adequate supply of data, and effective governance policies. Hence, the United States has the “Artificial Intelligence for the American People” strategy. The EU has a Euros 20 billion AI investment strategy and the European AI Alliance. Canadian officials have drafted a Pan-Canadian AI Strategy and the Superclusters initiative. Germany has prepared a new plan, investments and a marketing strategy for AI services. In addition, Japan has created an initiative to fund collaborative AI projects between start-ups and large companies.

This event will examine what policymakers can learn from these distinct government approaches. Should governments take the lead in AI investment and in prioritizing areas for research, development and commercialization? Or should the private sector lead with taxpayer investment in basic AI R & D and public-private partnerships where needed?

Please join us for a luncheon discussion on January 25, 2019 that will explore these issues and feature members of the technology industry, U.S. Government, and officials from multiple different countries and the EU.

Media interested in attending should contact Diane Pinto at dpinto@siia.net or (202) 789-4480 to ensure space availability.

Opening Remarks will be made by Professor Susan Aaronson of George Washington University

Experts Will Include:

- Masayuki Matsui; Counselor, Economic Section; Embassy of Japan
- Timothy Persons; Chief Scientist and Managing Director, Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics; U.S. General Accounting Office
- Anthony Scriffignano; Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist; Dun and Bradstreet
- Jesse Spector; Digital Policy Officer; European Union
- Brad Wood; Senior Policy Advisor; Embassy of Canada
- Carl Schonander; Senior Director for International Public Policy; Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

What: Artificial Intelligence: What Can We Learn from Other Countries’ Approaches?
When: January 25, 2019; 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, 6th Floor, The Commons,
Washington, D.C.

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.