AI Localism in Practice: Examining How Cities Govern AI

45 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2022

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Sara Marcucci

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab

Uma Kalkar

Sciences Po; University of Toronto - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; New York University (NYU) - The GovLab

Stefaan Verhulst

New York University (NYU) ; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); The Data Tank; The GovLab

Date Written: November 15, 2022

Abstract

The rapid growth of cities and advances in data has led to the growing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and other automated systems in cities across the world. In fact, research shows that cities and states are leading the charge in developing governance frameworks and implementing policies at a quicker, more direct, and more impactful level than their national counterparts because of the “immediacy and proximity” of policy needs and responses. Yet the expanded use of AI by municipalities raises new questions about what constitutes appropriate and ethical use of the technology and their governance models.

This report aims to serve as a primer for policymakers and practitioners to learn about current governance practices and inspire their own work in the field. In this report, we present the fundamentals of AI governance, the value proposition of such initiatives, and their application in cities worldwide to identify themes among city- and state-led governance actions. We close with ten lessons on AI Localism for policymakers, data, AI experts, and the informed public to keep in mind as cities grow increasingly ‘smarter'.

Keywords: AI localism, AI governance, data governance, data ethics, smart cities, smart urbanism

Suggested Citation

Marcucci, Sara and Kalkar, Uma and Verhulst, Stefaan, AI Localism in Practice: Examining How Cities Govern AI (November 15, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4284013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4284013

Sara Marcucci (Contact Author)

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