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Osborne Clarke's market-leading lawyers contribute to new ITechLaw study of responsible AI


Written on 24 May 2019

International legal practice Osborne Clarke’s Partner and Head of the International AI and Machine Learning Team, John Buyers, and Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer, Catherine Hammon, have contributed to new ITechLaw multi-jurisdictional review, Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework.

Focusing on data and fair competition, John and Catherine share insight that looks at the importance of supporting open-data practices that help encourage AI innovation while ensuring reasonable and fair privacy.  Their analysis also considers the developing understanding of how AI tools could impact on competition within a particular market.

The broader study takes an in-depth multi-jurisdictional review, aiming to accelerate international dialogue and action regarding the responsible use of artificial intelligence applications. Written by a group of 54 technology law experts, industry representatives and researchers from 16 countries, the book proposes ethical guideposts to encourage the responsible development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence.

ITechLaw has been the leading global organisation for legal professionals focused on technology and law since 1971. Its membership represents six continents, 70 countries, and a broad spectrum of expertise in the technology law field.

You can find out more about Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework via the www.itechlaw.org/ResponsibleAI website.

John Buyers is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG AI) and frequent commentator, both in the UK and internationally on the topic of artificial intelligence. In June last year he published his own book Artificial Intelligence – The Practical Legal Issues which guides readers through the implications and structure of existing AI technologies while providing a practical and easily digestible path to the real issues that legal practitioners need to consider. His practice is largely based on transactional IT and outsourcing in the financial services sector with a banking and insurance focus. He regularly advises users and suppliers of Artificial Intelligence based systems.

Catherine Hammon, a 2019 Disrupter in The Lawyer’s Hot100, is in the Knowledge team at Osborne Clarke specialising in all aspects of digital transformation, including artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, autonomous transport, additive manufacturing and the Internet of Things – as well as predictions about the future more generally. Her core expertise is future-focused, monitoring and identifying potential shifts and changes in the legal landscape as new issues and uncertainties come into focus in the digitised world. She was also a contributing author to Parr, Finbow & Hughes “UK Merger Control: law and practice” (3rd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016), and has acted as contributing editor for a number of competition law reference books published by Global Legal Group.

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