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GETTING-Plurality

A part of the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation, GETTING-Plurality is a multi-disciplinary research network linking philosophers, social scientists, computer scientists, legal scholars, and technologists

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Governance of Emerging Technology and Tech Innovations for Next-Gen Governance (GETTING-Plurality) is a multi-disciplinary research network linking philosophers, social scientists, computer scientists, legal scholars, and technologists. We are building a unique collaborative that unites tech ethics initiatives at Harvard University with external impact partners across higher education and the tech industry, bringing philosophers and ethicists to the table for every project.

The network is housed in the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation.

Our Mission

We’re at a pivotal moment. To promote universal well-being, we need to promote the responsible governance of innovation and responsibly innovate the way we govern.

GETTING-Plurality seeks to advance understanding of how to shape, guide, govern, and deploy technological development in support of democracy, collective intelligence, and other public goods. Our focus is on how to do so, given the plural nature of human intelligence. We pursue foundational analysis and theory, field-building, and policy development to foresee and mitigate potential harms to democracy and to strengthen the public benefit and democracy-supportive effects flowing from technology innovation.

Research Areas

This network will convene multi-disciplinary teams to tackle questions of how to govern emerging technologies and how to deploy emerging technologies for governance from a multiplicity of viewpoints and expertise.

Leadership


Danielle Allen
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Danielle Allen

Professor of Public Policy, HKS;
James Bryant Conant University Professor, FAS

Eli Frankel

Eli Frankel

Research Coordinator, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation

Darshan Goux

Darshan Goux

Senior Lab Director, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation

Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard

Senior Fellow, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation

Allison Stanger

Allison Stanger

Senior Fellow, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation;
Co-Director and Co-Investigator, GETTING-Plurality Research Network

Network Members


Tina Eliassi-Rad

Professor, Northeastern University

Zoë Hitzig

Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

Saffron Huang

Co-Founder, Collective Intelligence Project

Uma Ilavarasan

PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University

Shrey Jain

Researcher, Microsoft Research

Yu-Ting Kuo

Faculty Member, MIT and National Tsing Hua University

Seth Lazar

Seth Lazar

Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University

Woojin Lim

Researcher, Harvard College

Puja Ohlhaver

Researcher & Lawyer

Tessel van Oirsouw
Tessel van Oirsouw

Tessel van Oirsouw

Visiting Fellow, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation

Aviv Ovadya

Affiliate, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard Law School & Affiliate, Centre for the Governance of AI

Alexander Pascal

Alexander Pascal

Senior Fellow, Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation

Nick Pyati

Strategy, Microsoft

Mathias Risse

Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy & Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Divya Siddarth

Co-Founder, Collective Intelligence Project

Charlotte Siegmann

PhD Candidate in Economics, MIT

Ajeet Singh

Physician Instructor and Clinical Informaticist, Rush University Medical Center

Meredith Sumpter

CEO & Managing Partner, Just Equity

Luke Thorburn

PhD Student, King's College London

Shlomit Wagman

Shlomit Wagman

Faculty Associate, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard Law School & Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Glen Weyl

Glen Weyl

Research Lead, Microsoft Research, Plural Technology Collaboratory & Founder, RadicalxChange Foundation

Zachary Wojtowicz

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology and Economic Theory, Harvard University

Kinney Zalesne

Former Co-Head of Corporate Strategy, Microsoft

Upcoming Events


Ash Center Open House

Ash Center Open House

In-Person Event

Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200, 124 Mount Auburn Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

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Summit on AI and Democracy

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Summit on AI and Democracy

On November 7, 2023, the Summit on AI and Democracy gathered experts across multiple institutions to discuss ongoing research, policy, and development efforts related to the recent advancements in artificial intelligence.

Reimagining Democracy for AI

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Reimagining Democracy for AI

“Reimagining Democracy for AI” by Aviv Ovadya was featured in the October 2023 Journal of Democracy.

Abstract: AI advances are shattering assumptions that both our democracies and our international order rely on. Reinventing our “democratic infrastructure” is thus critically necessary—and the author argues that it is also possible. Four interconnected and accelerating democratic paradigm shifts illustrate the potential: representative deliberations, AI augmentation, democracy-as-a-service, and platform democracy. Such innovations provide a viable path toward not just reimagining traditional democracies but enabling the transnational and even global democratic processes critical for addressing the broader challenges posed by destabilizing AI advances—including those relating to AI alignment and global agreements. We can and must rapidly invest in such democratic innovation if we are to ensure that our democratic capacity increases with our power.

The Dark Side of AI: Crime and Adversarial Use Cases

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The Dark Side of AI: Crime and Adversarial Use Cases

“The Dark Side of AI: Crime and Adversarial Use Cases” webinar session featured the following speakers and topics:

  • Bruce Schneier (Harvard): Hackers and Security Vulnerabilities
  • Matt Groh (Northwestern): Deepfakes and Misinformation, see related paper The Art and Science of Generative AI
  • Shlomit Wagman (Harvard): Financial Crime
  • Jennifer Calvery (HSBC): Financial Crime

Introduction to AI and Public Policy

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Introduction to AI and Public Policy

The “Introduction to AI and Public Policy” webinar session featured the following speakers and topics:

  • Danielle Allen (Harvard): AI and Democracy
  • Sandy Pentland (MIT): A Practical Framework for Data and AI systems for Regulators
  • Shayne Longpre (MIT): A Primer in Large Language Models
  • Gabriele Mazzini (European Commission): Overview of the EU AI Act

GETTING-Plurality Comments to White House OSTP on National Priorities for Artificial Intelligence

Policy Brief

GETTING-Plurality Comments to White House OSTP on National Priorities for Artificial Intelligence

The GETTING-Plurality Research Network submitted a series of memos which respond to various questions posed around the topics of bolstering democracy and civic participation; protecting rights, safety, and national security; and promoting economic growth and good jobs.

Putting Flourishing First: Applying Democratic Values to Technology
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Policy Brief

Putting Flourishing First: Applying Democratic Values to Technology

In this short web ethics research brief, the authors unpack and comment on the four-step logic at the core of GETTING-Plurality’s foundational white paper, Ethics of Decentralized Social Technologies: Lessons from Web3, the Fediverse, and Beyond. They outline four assertions from the paper that demonstrate the power and the challenge of web ethics – and above all, the urgency – of placing human flourishing at the center of technology governance.

Plural Publics
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Policy Brief

Plural Publics

The authors highlight why we believe the problem of “plural publics” to be a core challenge of data governance, discuss existing tools that can help achieve it and a research agenda to further develop and integrate these tools.

How AI could write our laws

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How AI could write our laws

ChatGPT and other AIs could supercharge the influence of lobbyists—but only if we let them.

We Don’t Need to Reinvent our Democracy to Save it from AI
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Commentary

We Don’t Need to Reinvent our Democracy to Save it from AI

When is it time to start worrying about artificial intelligence interfering in our democracy? Maybe when an AI writes a letter to The New York Times opposing the regulation of its own technology.

Digital Humanism: The Time Is Now

Digital Humanism: The Time Is Now

Digital humanism highlights the complex relationships between people, society, nature, and machines. It has been embraced by a growing community of individuals and groups who are setting directions that may change current paradigms. Here we focus on the initiatives generated by the Vienna Manifesto.

How ChatGPT Hijacks Democracy

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How ChatGPT Hijacks Democracy

“… for all the consternation over the potential for humans to be replaced by machines in formats like poetry and sitcom scripts, a far greater threat looms: artificial intelligence replacing humans in the democratic processes — not through voting, but through lobbying.”