About the Forum

During the COVID-19 pandemic, various AI technologies have been used for critical functions such as virus detection and diagnosis, contact tracing, facial recognition as well as recovery monitoring. However, the widespread application of these technologies has also raised broader concerns about the balance between benefits and potential risks, both economically and socially. Many questions remain regarding the effect of AI technologies on individual privacy and inequality, and whether such technologies will lead to new discrimination, prejudice, and social divide.

In recent years, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientific research groups, and private institutions around the world have successively published AI principles documents, the balance between AI development and risk control has been the focus of much discussion. Against this backdrop, hosted by Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University (I-AIIG), with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as international supporting organization, the Tsinghua University International AI Cooperation and Governance Forum 2020 was held from December 18th to 19th in Beijing, China. Themed “International AI Cooperation and Governance in the Post-COVID World”, the forum focused on both the opportunities and challenges posed by AI technologies. The representatives shared understandings on AI cooperation and governance, exchanged the wisdom of international governance, and proposed academic agendas for future AI governance research.


The Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University (I-AIIG)) is a university-level research institute approved by Tsinghua University in April 2020. Leveraging Tsinghua 's existing resources and interdisciplinary advantages in AI and international governance, I-AIIG conducts research on major theoretical issues and policy needs of AI international governance, aims to enhance Tsinghua University's global academic influence and policy leadership in this field, and provides intellectual support for China's active participation in AI international governance.

Supporting International Organization

United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)is the largest development agency of the United Nations working in around 170 countries and territories and the world to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

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