To participate in this pre-conference, please submit an application through this Google Form. Applications are due by March 1, 2019. You will also need to register for the workshop through ICA. To do so, follow this link. Registration for the pre-conference will close on May 3, 2019.

Pre-Conference Location

The  pre-conference will be held on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center at Georgetown Law, 120 F St., NW, Washington, DC. The law school is about a 5-minute walk from either the Judiciary Center or Union Station stop on the Red Line of the DC Metro. If you are coming by cab/Uber/Lyft, please direct your car to drop you off at 100 F St.—you cannot drive directly up to the Gewirz building, which is across the quad (the tallest building on campus). Map:

Note: Parking is very limited around the Law Center. There is a parking garage across the street from the Law Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW. There is also limited metered parking available around the Law Center.

Pre-Conference Details

In this preconference workshop we aim to unpack the privacy and policy implications of emerging technological ecosystems. This year, we will focus specifically on emerging issues in AI systems, including algorithmic decision making, machine learning, big data, and autonomous systems. We will convene a cross-section of policymakers, scholars, journalists, technologists, and advocates to identify key emerging issues and policy needs. We will begin the day with keynotes and panels from invited guests in law and policy, followed by highly interactive discussions of research, and identification of research and policy agendas. All participants will contribute to making this workshop dynamic and fruitful. There are several possible ways to contribute:

  • Lightning talks: Speakers will provide brief (3-minute) provocations to get attendees to consider, critique, and counter-narrate critical privacy and technology issues in AI, both nationally and globally. Lightning talks focus on one key point within the scope of this pre-conference topics (privacy and policy implications of emerging AI ecosystems –algorithmic decision-making, machine learning, big data, autonomous systems). This can be an idea, successful project, a cautionary story, collaboration invitation, or quick demonstration. Interested speakers should submit one proposal in the participation form. The proposal must include: title, author name, short biography, five keywords, and a short description of the planned talk.
  • Lunch discussion animators: Animators will facilitate the large group lunch discussion, help to critique challenges, and identify key topics from the lightning talks and panel sessions for further discussion.
  • Working session group animators: These animators will facilitate discussion among five working groups centering on specific research projects and policy agendas.
  • Recorders: Recorders are charged with taking notes during the sessions using a shared document.

Registrants are asked use the form below to indicate the role(s) in which they are interested. Please contact us with any questions at