Barriers to Regulating AI: Critical Observations from a Fractured Field

Ashlin Lee*, Will Orr, Walter G. Johnson, Jenna Imad Harb, Kathryn Henne

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Drawing on insights from critical infrastructure studies, critical data studies, and regulatory governance, we outline the implications of fragmentation and fracturing in the context of AI regulation. Instead of critiquing the state of AI as evidence of failure, we see these breakages as valuable leverage points. In some, though not all, instances, there is value in maintaining fractures to pursue more just technological outcomes. We highlight how fractures can add value by looking at the challenges of AI regulation through the lens of breakage and repair, which Jackson (2014) describes as the work required for systems to operate over time through moments of disruption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781803928562
ISBN (Print)9781803928555
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023


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