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Press Release: In Senate Testimony, CDT CEO Alexandra Givens Calls For Cross-Society Effort in Addressing Risks of AI

(WASHINGTON) — Today, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) President and CEO Alexandra Givens testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs in a hearing entitled “Artificial Intelligence: Risks and Opportunities.”

Givens’ testimony focuses on how the risks created by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) play out in decisions that affect people’s access to economic opportunities — particularly in employment, as well as housing and lending — and in administration of government services, including fraud detection and public benefits determinations.

“Artificial intelligence is increasingly used to make life-changing decisions about people, making the stakes of designing and implementing AI-based systems incredibly high,” said Givens. “Anyone with a role in that process must closely monitor what outcomes these systems create, act to prevent harms from occurring, and build in accountability measures to ensure that any harms are quickly and thoroughly addressed.”