Jun 6, 2024

Alum Ashkan Soltani Appears on CalMatters Panel About AI Policy

From CalMatters

What AI policymakers need to be thinking about in California and beyond

By Levi Sumagaysay

As California considers policies and regulations around artificial intelligence, the conversation should center on its effects on people, experts and policymakers agree.

The state has gotten started: It released guidelines for state use of AI earlier this year. Amy Tong, secretary of the state’s Government Operations Agency, was tasked with assessing the effect of generative AI on vulnerable communities; its effect on workforce development for existing and future workforces; and recommending state procurement guidelines...

Ashkan Soltani, executive director of the California Privacy Protection Agency, mentioned California’s renowned academic institutions and said “we have (tech expertise) in abundance in this state. The question is how to access it...”


Ashkan Soltani (MIMS 2009) has previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

Last updated: June 11, 2024