AI Impact Alliance, stronger together
Founded in 2017, AI Impact Alliance is a non-profit organisation that aims to facilitate an ethical and responsible implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). Our global network of mission-oriented experts in AI and complementary disciplines/field of work, collectively bring together diverse perspectives on the social, political, legal, economic and ethical implications of AI and steer its use towards the acceleration of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. AI Impact Alliance is a founding member of the International Observatory on the Ethical and Social Impact of AI (OBVIA) and the Responsible AI Consortium (RAI).
Who we are
Our founder and executive director, Valentine Goddard is a member of the Advisory Council on AI of Canada and a United Nations expert in AI Policy and Governance. Lawyer, certified mediator and inter-arts curator, is the lead architect of the AI on a Social Mission Conference, a content rich and respected international conference on the ethics and social impacts of AI, and the Art Impact AI Programs, positioning the arts’ critical role in the future of AI and democracy.
In her transdisciplinary and applied normative approach to AI ethics, she places special emphasis on human dignity, having initiated throughout her career cultural and social mediation projects promoting civic engagement and human rights. She is recognized as one of the Top 50 Influencers in AI, Top 100 Women in AI Ethics, Top 100 Women Impact Entrepreneurs, and is regularly invited to speak internationally on the ethics of AI.
A DEEP AND GLOBAL NETWORK OF EXPERTS
Based in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), AIIA’s network of experts in AI and all relevant fields to its ethical and responsible governance reaches over 40 countries. It offers access to a global network of mission-oriented collaborators, world renown experts in AI, AI ethics, innovation, public policy, health, geopolitics, arts, political economy, governance, digital transformation and more.
While promoting tri-sectoral collaboration and dialogue, our policy innovation programs are curated to ensure a uniquely high participation of civil society, social entrepreneurs, women/womxn and diverse communities. Our voting members are CSOs.
5 YEARS AGO
AI Impact Alliance was born out of a grassroots mouvement when Goddard organized meet ups on the social impacts of AI. When she approached Professor Yoshua Bengio in 2017, she had a vision where AI and Social Sciences researchers would work closer together and integrate the arts (STEAM-based approaches), while creating more opportunities for civil society to be engaged in shaping the future of AI, and its impact on society. Since then, Professor Bengio has supported the Art Impact AI programs and the AI on a Social Mission conferences. The flagship event , AI on a Social Mission, received enthusiastic support from all sectors, especially social entreprise and non-profits, policy makers. Its first edition brought together hundreds of participants from around the world. It has since reached hundreds of thousands of participants from around the world thanks to its partners.
We provide analysis of emerging regulatory frameworks on AI and data governance including anticipatory foresight of their socioeconomic implications.
We deliver programs that bridge civic engagement and knowledge mobilization with policy innovation for responsible AI strategies in digital democracies.
We help you find data strategies and artificial intelligence solutions to increase your social impact and propose action plans to avoid the risks associated with the implementation of artificial intelligence solutions.
We organize tailored workshops with high-level experts and curate events with extraordinary high-level quality content.
We create unique, creative and innovative mechanisms and tools to facilitate dialogue and build trust in AI and institutions. Our knowledge-sharing tools improve the understanding of the deployment of data collection and preparation practices and AI technologies in society.
We provide research and reports on AI governance, policy, digital transformation, change management, critical issues in digital economies and democracies.
We are recognized for our STEAM-driven, project-based learning algorithmic literacy and appropriation projects. *STEAM: Science Technology Engineering Arts (including Humanities) and Math.
RECENT MANDATES/PROJECTS (2022)
- Strategic socio-legal study on the feasibility of a Data Trust for the Saint-Lawrence River and the fisheries sector in Quebec (Dec 2020-Feb 2022).
- Culturally enriching and guiding the development of best practices in data annotation for Hate Detection algorithms on social media platforms (Feb-March 2022).
- PearAI.Art, an algorithmic art project to counter gender bias in AI including a crowd-annotation application (Ongoing).
For more information on membership, please scroll down, or contact Valentine Goddard at (514) 512-0002, v . g o d d a r d @ alliance impact . org.
OUR FLAGSHIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AI on a Social Mission is a two day annual conference that brings together scientists, researchers, NPOs, industry, start-ups, civil society, political decision-makers and social innovators. The conference program is curated address the alignment of AI technologies with the benefit they can bring and to accelerate the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Please click on the link to the conference to view the most recent program and list of speakers. We hope you enjoy the gallery below which we hope can give you a sense of the community that makes this event so unique.