Yale Cyber Leadership Forum Examines Artificial Intelligence and National Security

Artificial intelligence

The 2022 Yale Cyber Leadership Forum, a three-part series featuring in-person and virtual discussions, will convene leading attorneys, technologists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and academics to address urgent and evolving challenges in the domains of artificial intelligence (AI) and national security.

Oona A. Hathaway ’97, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, directs the Forum, a collaboration between Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges and Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

The Forum comprises six 75-minute panel discussions, which will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. ET on Feb. 18, March 4, and April 4, respectively.

View the full program schedule and speaker lineup.

This year’s Forum, “Bridging the Divide: National Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence,” will consider how rapidly-evolving AI technologies are upending long-held assumptions about national security and democratic governance. The Forum will tackle three foundational themes — Big Data, Data Privacy, and AI Governance; Disinformation and the Future of Democracy; and AI Ethics and Safety — and consider the following questions, among others:

  • How significant is the threat of algorithmic bias, or the use of voice, facial recognition, or biometric sensing tools in the hands of malicious state or nonstate actors?
  • What governance structures shape the development and deployment of responsible machine learning tools?
  • What are the most effective techniques for educating citizens to the threat of disinformation, and developing counternarratives to combat conspiracy theories? 
  • What techniques can help build artificially intelligent systems that are reliable, transparent, safe, scalable, and aligned with human values?

Both the Yale community and the general public may attend the virtual sessions, which will be recorded and available afterwards. Yale Law School and Jackson Institute students enrolled in courses taught by Hathaway and Lecturer in Law Ted Wittenstein ’12 can attend the Forum, where they will engage with speakers and write response papers for credit.

Those interested in participating in Forum sessions can find more information at cyber.forum.yale.edu.