The Future of Speech Online 2023: Generative AI





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Event graphic for "Generative AI and the Future of Speech Online" event, hosted virtually on October 4-5, 2023 by CDT and Stand Together Trust. A dark purple background with a speech bubble filled with pink, blue, red and turquoise swirls; text and logos in white.

Generative AI and the Future of Speech Online 

When: Wednesday and Thursday, October 4-5, 2023, noon-2:30 PM Eastern daily

In just the last year, artificial intelligence (AI) has dominated conversations about technology. Text and image generators released to the public like ChatGPT — which belong to a broad category of machine learning models called “generative AI” — have demonstrated the promises and pitfalls of advanced machine learning technology. Regulators in the U.S. and EU are focusing attention on AI in general, with an eye to limiting its harms. One thing is clear: AI will play a key role in our digital future, making it crucial to understand the opportunities and risks the technology poses to human rights and democracies.

Join us virtually for the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)’s seventh annual Future of Speech Online event, on October 4-5, where we’ll explore how to build a rights-respecting future where people benefit from generative AI. We’ll look at how these tools are created and used, what kind of technical, policy, and legal safeguards are feasible, and how various approaches to regulation might shape the landscape for online speech.

Importantly, we’ll ground attendees in the technical know-how necessary for navigating policy conversations around generative AI and other types of large language models. We’ll also consider questions including: What makes for safe and accountable generative AI? Who should be held liable when developing and using these tools? What risks does generative AI pose for the many high-stakes elections happening around the world in the coming year? What outcomes do we want to incentivize?

Throughout the event’s sessions, we’ll hear from legal experts, technologists, and policymakers about what the explosion of generative AI models means for online speech.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, October 4-5, 2023

Times: Sessions will take place each day noon-2:30 pm ET / 9-11:30 am PT / 18:00-20:30h CET

Accessibility: If you have access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] in advance of the event.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected].

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Hosted by the Center for Democracy & Technology and Stand Together Trust, the Future of Speech Online conference is an annual event that brings together policymakers, media, academics, corporations, advocates, and thought leaders to discuss today’s most pressing issues around free speech online. This year’s event will be virtual, with sessions running two and a half hours on Wednesday and Thursday, the 4th and 5th of October. Participants are welcome to join one, several, or all of the panels and presentations across both days.