‘AI Localism’ Course Module

Part of the course “AI Ethics: Global perspectives”, this module by researcher Stefaan Verhulst (Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, The Governance Lab) analyses the concept of ‘AI Localism’. As AI technologies become increasingly ubiquitous across governments and public services, cities have taken on a larger role in governing, monitoring, and overseeing its use. Cities have become innovation hubs for AI governance. How will cities reconcile the risks and benefits of AI use? What measures can be implemented to open up black-box technologies and allow governments to exercise transparency to constituents on their use of AI? Examining use cases of AI at a local level across housing, urban planning, public service, citizen engagement, energy, education, safety, and social care sectors, Stefaan sheds light on novel ways local governments are implementing and regulating AI.