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UC Berkeley Tech Policy Summit & Awards Ceremony

March 7, 2024 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA, 94720

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Our inaugural UC Berkeley Tech Policy Summit brings together world-renowned academics, thought leaders, policymakers, industry pioneers, and innovators to discuss and debate the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and policy.

At UC Berkeley, we’re dedicated to supporting the responsible development and use of emerging technologies—from groundbreaking work in data privacy and cybersecurity to the development of human-compatible AI systemspro-social platforms, and multidisciplinary tech policy training.

Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a policymaker, or simply interested in the societal impacts of technology and how to effectively harness them for good, this summit offers an unparalleled opportunity to navigate the complex landscape of tech policy and to help forge a path that fosters innovation while promoting social good.

Hear from notable thought leaders; celebrate individuals who have made significant impacts in tech policy governance, journalism, and innovation;  and join in an engaging activity with our inaugural cohort of Tech Policy Fellows at the 1st annual UC Berkeley Tech Policy Summit!


8:30-9:00 | Check-in (Coffee!)

9:00-9:30 | Welcoming Remarks

  • Marti Hearst, Interim Dean, School of Information
  • Brandie Nonnecke, Director, UC Berkeley Tech Policy Initiative

9:30-10:30 | The EU AI Act & Navigating the Future of AI Governance 

The European Union’s AI Act is a pioneering legislative framework aimed at governing the use and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This Act represents a significant step in addressing the growing influence of AI technologies in various sectors and their impacts on society. This panel brings together experts from government, academia, and industry  to delve into the complexities and implications of the EU AI Act, exploring how it shapes the future of AI  not only in Europe but globally.

  • Moderator: Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab,
  • Prof. Stuart Russell, EECS
  • Prof. Pamela Samuelson, Berkeley Law
  • Additional panelists TBD

10:30 – 10:45 | Tech Policy Fellowship Program

  • Showcase 2023 Tech Policy Fellowship Cohort
  • Announce call for 2024-2025 Tech Policy Fellowship

10:45 – 11:00 | Break

11:00 – 12:10 | Round Robin Discussion w/ Tech Policy Fellows, AI Policy Hub Fellows, Faculty, & More!

  • Roundtable facilitators introduce tech policy provocations, participants go to two tables, 25 mins each

12:15 – 1:30 | Lunch and Round Robin Report Out

1:30 – 2:15 | Fireside Chat

  • Speakers TBD

2:15 – 3:15 | A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage: Spurring innovation while supporting responsible, secure, and trustworthy uses of emerging technology

This panel explores the balancing act required to foster technological innovation without compromising on ethics, security, and trustworthiness. Drawing inspiration from the classic problem-solving puzzle, this panel explores the challenges and strategies in advancing new technologies while ensuring they are developed and deployed responsibly.

  • Moderator: Janet Napolitano, Director, Center for Security in Politics
  • Jessica Newman, Director, AI Security Initiative & AI Policy Hub, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)
  • Additional panelists TBD

3:15 – 4:00 | Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford; Former Member of European Parliament

  • Introduced by Marti Heart, Interim Dean, School of Information

4:00 – 4:30 | Tech Integrity Awards Ceremony 

4:30-4:40 | Final Remarks – Shaping the Future of Tech Policy

  • David Wilson, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

4:40 – 5:30 | Reception 

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