Eric Corbett F'21

Eric  Corbett
Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for Urban Science and Progress
New York University

Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society 2021
Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for Urban Science and Progress
New York University
Democratizing AI: Towards Robust Engagement in Public Sector AI Use
Queens Public Library

AI systems are improving public service delivery and government operations, but not without raising concerns with equity, accountability, and transparency. To address these social justice challenges, many have started to demand that public officials provide opportunities for public engagement with the design and use of AI systems in government. Yet few case studies exist on how to do public engagement with AI systems. Building from an ongoing partnership between Queens Public Library and New York University, this project will address this challenge for democratic governance by conducting a systematic analysis of existing public engagement methods in AI and providing an original case study of public engagement in AI from New York City.