Online Seminar: Data, AI Governance, and COVID -19: Medium and Long-Term Perspectives for Asia

  • Date:
  • Time:
    15:00-17:00 (Japan time)
  • Venue:
    Online seminar *The invitation URL for the Zoom webinar was sent to you by email on October 7th.
  • Language:

    English (English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation: max 100 people)

  • Host:

    AI Policy Initiative, Seoul National University
    Technology Governance Research Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
    Centre for AI and Data Governance, Law School, Singapore Management University

  • Co-Host:

    Research Center for AI Ethics and Sustainable Development, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence in China
    RIKEN Center for AIP

Registration is now closed for this event.

In response to the coronavirus (hereafter referred to as COVID-19) pandemic of 2019-20, various IT/AI technologies such as tracking app, contact confirming app, and facial recognition systems that automatically recognize images of appropriate social distances and urge caution are being promoted. However, these technologies raise concern about the balance between public benefits and individual privacy, and whether such measures will lead to new discrimination and prejudice. In Asian countries where the first wave of infection surged prior to other regions, various technical attempts have been implemented from an early stage, and measures are being taken with a view of medium and long-term prospects during the pandemic and beyond. We are now living in and with the pandemic and we have to reconstruct our relationships between technologies and environment.
The webinar invites presenters from four countries, China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan who contributed to a report released in September 2019. The report introduces the response to the COVID-19 till around early summer 2020. However, pandemic is still ongoing. The webinar will focus on lessons learned from the responses to COVID-19 from each country and discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the context of the larger trend of data and AI ethics and governance discussions in recent years.

Other information:
Report “Data, AI Governance, and COVID-19: Medium and Long-Term Perspectives for Asia”


*alphabetical order
Arisa EMA (Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)
Mark FINDLAY (Singapore Management University)
Yong LIM (Seoul National University School of Law)
Sangchul PARK (Seoul National University)
Yi ZENG (Chinese Academy of Science, BAAI)

  • 15:00-15:05

    Welcoming remarks: Haskoo KO (Seoul National University)

  • 15:05-15:55
    Session I: Life under COVID-19: Lessons Learned for A.I. & Data Governance

    Moderator: Yong LIM (Seoul National University)

  • 15:55-16:05
  • 16:05-16:55
    Session II: Life under COVID-19: Changing Lifestyles & Governance

    Moderator: Arisa EMA (The University of Tokyo)

  • 16:55-17:00

    Concluding remarks: Hideaki SHIROYAMA (The University of Tokyo)


Technology Governance Research Unit,
Institute for Future Initiatives
The University of Tokyo
E-mail: ifi_tg★

The summary of the event can be seen from the following link.

Singapore Management University website. (external link)