International Trends in AI Safety and Governance - Tokyo College

International Trends in AI Safety and Governance

2024.03.28 @ 10:00 – 12:00
International Trends in AI Safety and Governance
Zoom Webinar
Date(s) Thursday, 28 March 2024, 10:00-12:00 JST

Zoom Webinar (In-person registration here, Online registration here)

Registration Advance registration is required. *Registration will close when we reach maximum capacity. *The Zoom URL will be emailed to those who register for the event on March 27.
Language English (Japanese interpretation)

With the proliferation of generative AI, discussions on the safety of AI are unfolding domestically and internationally. However, there are various types of discussions on “safety,” and corresponding measures. Moreover, what is considered “safe” or what threats and risks are emphasized can differ depending on the situation and context in each country. While AI Safety Institutes have been established in the UK, US, Japan and to be established in other countries, grasping the types of “safety” specific to Japan and its corresponding measures will become increasingly important as a foundation for future international cooperation.
In this event, we will host discussions with experts on overseas AI governance to delve into the trends in international AI safety and governance.



Opening Remarks

Hideaki Shiroyama (Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)



Introduction from panelists

Introduction from each panelist on current important issues in AI governance



Panel Discussion : What are the expectations for Japan?

Merve Hickok (President and Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy (CAIDP))

Cyrus Hodes (Lead, SAFE project at the Global Partnership on AI)

Inma Martinez (Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Experts Group, Global Partnership on AI)

Michael Sellitto (Head of Global Affairs, Anthropic)






EMA Arisa (Associate Professor, Tokyo College and Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)


Speaker Profile

Merve Hickok, President and Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy (CAIDP)
Merve Hickok is the President and Research Director at Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), advising governments and international organizations on AI policy and regulation. She is a globally renowned expert on AI policy, ethics and governance. Her contributions and perspective have featured in The New York Times, Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and Politico. Her work focuses on impact of AI systems on individuals, society, public and private organizations – with a particular focus on fundamental rights, democratic values, and social justice. Merve is also the founder of She is the Data Ethics lecturer at University of Michigan School of Information, and the Responsible Data and AI Advisor at Michigan Institute for Data Science.


Cyrus Hodes, Lead, SAFE project at the Global Partnership on AI
Cyrus Hodes is a co-founder of Stability AI a leading generative AI platform, which he exited to launch (AIGC Chain), the first foundation model of AI generated content on a blockchain. He is a General Partner at 1infinity Ventures, a global fund investing in responsible AI ventures. Cyrus leads the Safety and Assurance of Generative AI (SAFE) project at the Global Partnership on AI, responding to the G7 Hiroshima AI Process. He previously co-founded and chaired the AI Initiative at The Future Society—a think tank incubated at Harvard Kennedy School. Cyrus is a member of the OECD Expert Group on AI and a Board member of Intelmatix (Saudi’s largest AI company). Educated at Sciences Po Paris, M.A. Paris II University, M.P.A. Harvard.


Inma Martinez, Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Experts Group, Global Partnership on AI
Inma Martinez is technology pioneer and AI scientist who advises leaders in business and government on technology as competitive advantage and contribution to societal progress. She was a pioneer of digital technologies and AI in the 2000s and has combined her career in innovation with advisory appointments at government agencies in the United Kingdom (UKTI and the Innovation Fund of the Department of Sport, Media and Culture), Spain (State Secretariat for Artificial Intelligence at the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation) as well as provided expert testimonies across various technology boards at the European Commission since 2002. She has collaborated with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) highlighting the implications of the 4IR for developing countries in the post-pandemic world and is a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Values in AI. She is a guest lecturer at Imperial College Business School in London and a published author of scientific books and research papers on emerging technologies.


Michael Sellitto, Head of Global Affairs, Anthropic

Michael Sellitto is the Head of Global Affairs at Anthropic, an AI safety and research company. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to joining Anthropic, Michael was the founding Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), which is dedicated to advancing AI research, education, policy, and practice to improve the human condition. As HAI’s first staff member, he was instrumental in designing and executing the Institute’s strategic plans and establishing HAI’s global reputation among policymakers.

Michael served in the White House as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council staff from 2015-2018. He led international engagement on cybersecurity policy and strategy, promoted international adoption of a framework for strategic stability in cyberspace, and advanced issues related to the digital economy and Internet governance. Before that, Michael served as Special Assistant to Deputy Secretaries of State William J. Burns and Antony Blinken, advising the Deputies on political, energy, security, and trade issues related to South and Central Asia and on worldwide cyber policy and counterterrorism strategy.

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