Does disruptive technology require disruptive regulation?

Does disruptive technology require disruptive regulation?

Jun 12
What are the next leaps in AI and are traditional and existing regulatory frameworks capable of protecting individuals, communities, businesses and governments?  
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Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre
Clayton Noble, Senior Legal Counsel, Microsoft
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan, Professor, Social Data and Analytics, The University of Queensland
Elizabeth Avery, Partner, Competition and Regulation, Gilbert + Tobin

Event Overview

Data and AI present tremendous opportunity for productivity and efficiency gains, more equitable outcomes and to transform the delivery of services.  

However, with the ability to influence consumer behaviour and even elections, policymakers and ethicists are grappling with how to create an environment in which the benefits of AI are fully realised with mechanisms in place that minimise risks and the perverse consequences of less human involvement.    

Will existing regulatory frameworks deliver what is needed or do disruptive technologies require disruptive regulation? 

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 11.30am
WA: 10.00am


Meet the speakers

Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

Dr Simon Longstaff is Australia’s foremost ethicist. His advice is widely sought by corporate Australia, influential individuals and the media. He is a regular guest on ABC’s Q&A and the co-author of Ethical by Design: Principles for Good Technology. Simon holds a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University, is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and serves on a number of boards and committees. In 2013 was made an officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.”

Clayton Noble
Senior Legal Counsel, Microsoft

Clayton Noble is a senior legal counsel for Microsoft Australia and New Zealand.  Clayton leads commercial transactions, advises Microsoft’s commercial and consumer businesses and manages litigation and intellectual property policy and enforcement for Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Rhema Vaithianathan
Professor, Social Data and Analytics, The University of Queensland

Rhema is at the forefront of international research and implementation of data analytics.  She has led large international projects and advised governments, agencies and researchers in Singapore; the United States; New Zealand; Europe; and Australia. Her work for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania developing risk modelling to assist child welfare service delivery was profiled by the New York Times.

Meet the moderator

Elizabeth Avery
Partner, Competition and Regulation, Gilbert + Tobin

Elizabeth is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation group. Her practice includes advising on enforcement litigation and investigations, merger clearances and ongoing strategic/operational advisory work, as well as compliance training. Her practice spans a broad range of industries, including the digital economy, financial services, infrastructure, health and life sciences. She has a particular focus on multijurisdictional matters.
Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Elizabeth was an antitrust lawyer in New York. Elizabeth is recognised as a leading competition lawyer in Australia by external peer and client surveys and was named ‘Competition, Trade and Regulation Partner of the Year’ at the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.

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