Cybersecurity & Tech

The Lawfare Podcast: Comparing Approaches to AI Regulation with Arianna Evers and Itsiq Benizri

Eugenia Lostri, Arianna Evers, Itsiq Benizri, Jen Patja
Monday, October 23, 2023, 8:00 AM
How are various governments responded to the promises and risks posed by artificial intelligence? 

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The promise and risks posed by artificial intelligence appear to have captured our collective imagination. The risks seem to span from global doom brought about by a rogue AI to the enshrinement of harmful bias and discrimination in systems that can determine whether you get a loan. The stakes require governments to step up and regulate the field, with several key companies advocating for government action. This call has been answered, but conceptions of responsible AI risk management and appropriate regulations are already diverging across jurisdictions.

To discuss the approaches to AI regulation in the United States and in the European Union, Lawfare Fellow in Technology Policy and Law Eugenia Lostri sat down with Arianna Evers, special counsel at WilmerHale, and Itsiq Benizri, counsel also at WilmerHale. Evers and Benizri recently authored an article on comparative approaches to AI regulation for Lawfare. They talked about the breadth of regulatory options being discussed, the similarities and differences across jurisdictions, and how the quickly evolving field affects how they help their clients navigate AI-related challenges.

Eugenia Lostri is Lawfare's Fellow in Technology Policy and Law. Prior to joining Lawfare, she was an Associate Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She also worked for the Argentinian Secretariat for Strategic Affairs, and the City of Buenos Aires’ Undersecretary for International and Institutional Relations. She holds a law degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina, and an LLM in International Law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Arianna Evers represents clients in high stakes matters relating to privacy, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies, including AI. Ms. Evers represents clients in investigations and litigation brought by the FTC, state attorneys general, and other regulators, as well as counsels clients on data security and privacy requirements and best practices under federal and state laws, regulatory guidance, and government and industry recognized frameworks. Ms. Evers has advised clients building foundational AI models as well as those looking to leverage AI in their day-to-day operations on implementation concerns, risk management, and fairness, discrimination, and bias. She provides a thoughtful but practical approach to managing legal and reputational risks in an area where the law is moving quickly.
Itsiq Benizri is a counsel at WilmerHale Brussels. He focuses his practice on EU data protection, cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence law. He is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a member of this association. He is a graduate of the College of Europe, the European University Institute, and the Brussels School of Artificial Intelligence.
Jen Patja is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.

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