At a glance

July 2018 - January 2019
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Involve and DeepMind will be running a series of three half-day roundtables in Autumn 2018 concentrating on public engagement, ethics, and artificial intelligence. ​

Given how many public engagement projects have launched recently on topics like automated decision-making and machine learning, we’re designing these roundtables to support those actively engaging on these topics, and to identify how best to bring forward the public voice to reach these decision-makers.

We hope these roundtables will enable governments, industry, civil society and academia to ensure the development and deployment of the technology in ways which take into account public aspirations and concerns.

The roundtables will focus in particular on public engagement around automated-decision making in public services. They will support these stakeholders to engage with the question of how to have an effective public debate about ethics and artificial intelligence.

Overall Purpose

To investigate what meaningful public engagement looks like around AI and ethics and explore how this can be built into decision-making by researchers, technologists & policymakers. 

Objectives of the Roundtables 

  • To create space for a collaborative conversation between a diverse group of stakeholders on the ethical questions raised by AI and various public engagement initiatives designed and launched in response to those questions

  • To provide a forum for stakeholders to build new links and conversations

  • To build a common understanding of how to engage with public perspectives on the ethics of AI

  • To identify further areas of research, collaboration and advocacy around public engagement with the ethics of AI

The roundtables will take participants through a series of small group and plenary discussions involving expert stakeholders drawn from a wide range of different sectors who often do not discuss these issues together. 

The first roundtable will map different perspectives on the research and deployment of AI and the impact it's having on society. 

Building on the insights generated, the second roundtable will explore how we might begin to interpret the outcomes from a range of public engagement processes. 

The third roundtable will draw these discussions together to support participating stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the best ways to develop a public debate which is more effective at shaping the use of AI in public service delivery. 

The roundtables will run in September, October and November 2018 with a final report to be produced by January 2019.

We expect the roundtables to deliver four things:

They will create a space for a collaborative conversation between a diverse group of stakeholders on the ethical questions raised by automated decision-making. This will lead to new links and conversations between these stakeholders. This will, in turn, help support them to develop a common understanding of how to engage the public on the ethics of automated decision-making. By the end of the roundtables, stakeholders will have a shared action plan identifying what they need to do next.

Please see the briefing paper for the first roundtable below for an insight into the discussions we will be exploring at this first event. 

If you would like to find out more about this project, please don’t hesitate to contact us through Lizzie Adams on and Simon Burall on and keep an eye out for updates on social media, on this page and through our newsletter.