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Events

Seminar

Exploring the Domains of Identity and Emerging Open standards for Decentralized Identity

  • Speaker Ms. Kaliya Young, India-U.S. Fellow at New America
  • Speaker profile

    Kaliya Young is a 2019 India-U.S. Fellow at New America. Young is one of the world’s leading experts on decentralized or self-sovereign identity technology. She is the author of A Comprehensive Guide to Self-Sovereign Identity and currently holds the position of adjunct professor at Merritt College where she is developing a curriculum about identity. For the last 15 years, she has worked within the industry to catalyze the formation of a new layer of the internet designed to serve individuals. She began sketching out distributed social networks in 2003 and co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop in 2005 with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. More details can be found here: https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/kaliya-young/ She is also known as Identity Woman: https://www.identitywoman.net 

  • Date Thu, 07 March, 2019
  • Time 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Venue Conference Room, Ground Floor, R&T Building, NIPFP
  • Abstract

    In this seminar Kaliya Young will share two significant pieces of her work firstly the Domains of Identity that provides a clear picture of all the different domains individual's data ends up in databases. This can serve as the basis of a dialogue about the proper relationship between different domains. Secondly she has been at the heart of a community developing new Decentralized Identity Technology standards and will share more about them and how they can enable a many-to-many exchange of verifiable credentials between individuals and the institutions they interact with.

  • Contact email nipfp.seminar@nipfp.org.in

Seminar

Monetary policy in a low-interest rate environment

  • Speaker Thomas Laubach
  • Speaker profile
    Thomas Laubach is the director of the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. He advises the Board and the FOMC on the conduct of monetary policy, including open market operations and the discount window. His main areas of interests are monetary economics and fiscal policy. Over the past couple of years, he has played a central role in supporting the FOMC’s monetary policy process. He did his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1997.
  • Date Thu, 07 February, 2019
  • Time 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Venue Conference Room, Ground Floor, R&T Building, NIPFP
  • Abstract
    Thomas Laubach will be giving an overview of the current framework of the FOMC with emphasis on the conduct of monetary policy in a low-rate environment. Using his recent work, Thomas will talk about the prevalence of low interest rates across many economies. He will also talk about the tools used by the Federal Reserve in a low interest rate scenario.
     
    India has recently adopted an inflation targeting framework. This is a great opportunity for intellectuals in India to get together and discuss the burning issues in monetary policy with some of the best minds in the field of Monetary Economics.
  • Contact email nipfp.seminar@nipfp.org.in

Seminar

Critique of and Alternatives to the Extractive Imagination of AI

  • Speaker Dr. Anupam Guha
  • Speaker profile
    Anupam Guha is a computer scientist, working on Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics based in the US east coast with a PhD from the University of Maryland (batch of 2017) and a MS from Georgia Tech (batch of 2010).
     
    He is deeply interested in and does outreach on the future Social, Political, and Economic implications of AI, especially both its oppressive and emancipatory potentials for labour. Dr. Guha advocates a better understanding of the political-economy of the fully automated future. He sees the question of AI intricately woven with the question of future labour, i.e. the student community. Thus, he engages in critical solidarity with progressive Indian student politics. Dr. Guha does advocacy for an increased communication between silos of academia, science informed policy, politics informed science, and supports free, universal, and quality higher education. As parts of his outreach efforts he has written non-academic pieces in Hindustan Times, Indian Express, and TheWire.in on the issues of AI, Labour, and the Politics of Science.
  • Date Tue, 15 January, 2019
  • Time 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Venue Conference Room, Ground Floor, R&T Building, NIPFP
  • Abstract
    The imminence of artificial intelligence has been accompanied by a narrative of inevitability in social relations based on premises which have not been critically interrogated. Companies are selling “AI solutions” to problems where neither what constitutes AI nor whether these problems are technological in nature is debated as fiercely as it should, if only to prevent unforeseen consequences. These premises do not question the extractive nature of current social relations and thus imagine AI in the role of accelerant and property and not much else. This lack of political imagination has potentially dire consequences of furthering inequity, baking in precarity, and freezing structural oppression, perhaps even causing regression. Even the critique of AI policy in a sense accepts these premises and focuses on bias and transparency of systems as they are used now, rather than power and ownership, both legitimising solutionism and diverting the blame for what are sociological problems onto technology. 
     
    Considering the oppressive and the emancipatory potential of AI systems it becomes our task to critique both the social relations it is premised on and provide an alternative imagination for AI which explores the nature of work and property in the era of automation. My talk will go into (in the Indian context) the limitations of current policy thought when it comes to AI, a critique of band aid measures being presented like UBI and robot taxes, and an exploration of the premises, especially the nature of data as property, current policy is being written on. My talk will then present an alternative imagination for labour in relation to AI, of work, wage, and public prosperity, and thus a framework for what is to be done.
  • Contact email nipfp.seminar@nipfp.org.in