CITP Conference:
AI and Ethics

A CITP Conference

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Friend Center, Convocation Room, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

For lunch and a name tag register here by Monday, March 5, 2018.

The University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University are hosting a joint conference on ethics and artificial intelligence technology, which address a range of topics at the intersection of computer science, public policy, political theory and philosophy. This interactive conference will feature speakers and panel discussions, as well as several focused breakout groups in which participants and speakers will engage with one another directly. The major themes of this event will be moral imperialism and the democratic frontiers of artificial intelligence (see the schedule for more information). The aim of this event is to continue and deepen the ongoing conversation about ethics and artificial intelligence, with an eye toward the development of a set of intellectual and reasoning tools that can guide practitioners and policy makers in developing the ethical framework that will ultimately underpin their technical and legislative decisions.


In fall 2017, the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) launched a joint initiative on AI and Ethics. This interdisciplinary series brings Princeton University faculty from the humanities, social sciences and computer science together with proprietors of AI technologies and others working in the field in order to discuss the intersection of philosophical and technical issues raised by new developments in artificial intelligence technologies. In this project, we encourage a critical and positive approach to set some parameters within which these technologies can be further developed in keeping with human values considerations and engineering feasibilities.

This event is sponsored by:
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To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Jean Butcher, , 609-258-9658 at least one week prior to the event.

8:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Introduction and Welcome

9:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Jack Clark, Open AI, The Importance of Building the Field of AI Ethics

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Break and Announcements

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Session 1: UCHV/CITP cases

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Panel 1: International Dimensions on AI Ethics

Moderator: TBA


  • Christina Colclough, Global Union
  • Danit Gal, Keio University Global Research Institute
  • Ronaldo Lemos, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janiero
  • Stefanie Felsberger, Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.- Lunch

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Breakout Session 2: International Dimensions on AI Ethics

    2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Break

    3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Panel 2: Democratic Frontiers of AI Ethics

        Moderator: TBA


      • Andrew Guess, Princeton University
      • Zachary Hecht, NYC Council and Rashida Richardson, NYCLU
      • Christiaan van Veen, New York University and United Nations
      • Sam Woolley, Institute for the Future

      • 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Breakout Session 3: Democratic Frontiers of AI Ethics

        5 p.m. – Reception


        By Car

        Find driving directions, campus maps, and campus parking information on the Princeton University website.

        If you park on campus, you probably will want to park in Lot 21 and take a Princeton shuttle to the Frist Campus Center. Shuttles may be tracked online or through a mobile app with TigerTracker.

        There are also metered parking spots and parking garages on campus and nearby in downtown Princeton. The closest parking is along Prospect Ave., you may also reference this parking map.

        By Plane

        The closest major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is also nearby but serves a limited number of routes, all flown by Frontier Airlines.

        Once you land, please follow the driving or train directions to reach Princeton.

        By Train

        The Princeton Junction is the closest major train stop and is on both the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line and the Amtrak Keystone Service and Northeast Regional. These lines all serve New York Penn Station and Newark Airport (if you are flying out of EWR, be sure to get a ticket to Newark Airport, not Newark Penn Station). They also connect to the SEPTA at Trenton Station, and you can take the SEPTA to Philadelphia or other parts of southeastern Pennsylvania.

        To reach the Princeton campus from Princeton Junction, you may take a 15-minute cab ride, take a Princeton TigerPAWW bus, or transfer to a small train (the “Dinky”). From TigerPAWW or the Dinky, you may either walk or take a Princeton shuttle to the Frist Campus Center.

        It takes about two hours to travel from Princeton to Philadephia, New York Penn Station, or Newark Airport. If you are traveling to Newark Airport, be sure to get a ticket to the airport stop, not to Newark Penn Station.

        Recommended Lodging

        Local hotels sometimes offer discounted rates for Princeton guests and visitors. If you do not have a car, you also may wish to confirm whether the hotel will have shuttle service to campus when you are staying. Additional information and hotels can be found on the Princeton travel site.

        Residence Inn Princeton at Carnegie Center
        3563 US Route 1
        Princeton, NJ 08540
        Phone: 609.799.0550

        Hyatt Place Princeton
        3565 US Route 1
        Princeton, NJ 08540
        Phone: 609.720.0200

        Please contact Jean Butcher at should you have any questions or require further information.