Overview. The deployment of Artificial Intelligence systems in multiple domains of society raises fundamental challenges and concerns, such as accountability, liability, fairness, transparency and privacy. The dynamic nature of AI systems requires a new set of skills informed by ethics, law, and policy to be applied throughout the life cycle of such systems: design, development and deployment. It also involves ongoing collaboration among data scientists, computer scientists, lawyers and ethicists. Tackling these challenges calls for an interdisciplinary approach: deconstructing these issues by discipline and reconstructing with an integrated mindset, principles and practices between Data Science and Law. This course aims to do so by bringing together senior undergrad and grad students from both disciplines into teams that work together on joint tasks in a series of four-hour long workshop-style meetings.
Poster about the course for the Workshop on Co-Development of Computer Science and Law 2020 at DIMACS, Rutgers University.
Audience. Multidisciplinary: approximately half the students are pursuing an LLM (Masters degree) in Law and Technology from University of Haifa. The remaining half are Data Science & Engineering senior undergrad students from the Technion.
Structure. The course comprises six meetings of four hours, in a workshop format. The topics explore some of the core issues in the landscape of AI, law and society.
|1||Liability & Robustness||Autonomous Vehicles|
|2||Discrimination & Fairness||Labour Market|
|3||Transparency & Explainability||Finance (credit score)|
|4||Privacy & Surveillance||Geolocation|
|5||Integration: Content Moderation||Social Media Platforms|
|6||Project Presentations and Summary|
Learning Objectives. At the end of the workshop, the students will…
Format. The teaching is based on the signature pedagogy of each discipline; case-studies for Law and iterated and interactive research of data (e.g., with Jupyter Notebook) for Data Science. These two pedagogies are being used in every class, accessible to all of the students, and integrated together.
Tasks, Project and Evaluation. Every class is built around one central task that requires integration of law and data science perspectives. The tasks are performed in teams which will be formed before the start of the course. Each team consists of students from both disciplines.
Teams will present their work at least twice during the course, and all of the teams are required to submit a memo/presentation and a Jupyter Notebook at the end of each class. In their final project, the teams will be asked to develop a new case-study which makes use of data sets and data science techniques to demonstrate a legal\ethical dilemma regarding responsible AI, Law and Society.
The evaluation criteria will be focused on the integration of the law and data science perspectives.