The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies has raised profound questions regarding their governance and impact on society. At the same time the AI-revolution has generated tools, including translation, facilitation, and aggregation tools, that could help make more inclusive, deliberative, and authentic forms of democracy possible, not only at the local and national scale but also at the global scale. AI is thus possibly both a problem for democracies and a solution to their deepening crisis. This conference aims to explore the questions at the intersection of the democratic challenge and the promise of AI: How can we govern AI democratically and can we do so using AI-technologies?

This conference overlaps with a preceding conference titled “Governing Citizens’ Assemblies.” The overlapping morning will cover the question of how AI technologies can help augment citizens’ assemblies deliberations and help bridge the gap between micro and macro publics. The goal of this combination is to connect leaders from the study and practice of deliberative democracy with AI experts and leaders in the hope that they will forge new partnerships around the promising idea of using deliberative tools to govern AI and using AI tools to augment deliberation.