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Building a Safe Digital World
Almost a quarter of a century since the birth of the commercial internet, and while in the middle of important breakthroughs in AI and other technologies, we start to appreciate the potential risks and significant harms technologies can lead to for businesses and society. Discussions about the potential impact of online platforms on democracy, misinformation, health and safety of users but also brands, become increasingly loud - we are all becoming familiar with terms such as “online trust & safety” and “content moderation". The recent developments at companies like Twitter make these terms commonplace.

How can we ensure an open and safe internet and digital world while managing the potential negative impact this world can have on our physical one? What are the challenges balancing freedom of expression and safety online? What can companies learn from the tech sector when it comes to managing their own business risks and, perhaps more important, risks they may be creating for society because of technological innovations they pursue? And what does this all mean in a world with potentially divergent jurisdictions and cultures?

Join us to discuss all this with some of the leaders in the space, across the globe and across both industry and regulators, in a panel with:
- Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner
- Kaifu Zhang PhD'12Jun, Alibaba Group VP of Global Digital Commerce
- Yoel Roth, Twitter's Former Head of Safety & Integrity
- Moderated by INSEAD Professor Theos Evgeniou

This event will be open to all INSEAD alums and with limited places for others.

Dec 13, 2022 04:00 PM in Paris

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Julie Inman Grant
Australian eSafety Commissioner
Julie Inman Grant leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online. The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Director for Safety & Privacy Policy and Outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022. Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.
Kaifu Zhang, PhD'12Jun
Vice President of Global Digital Commerce @Alibaba Group
Kaifu Zhang is Vice President of Global Digital Commerce, Alibaba Group. Previously, he was Head of Operations at Taobao Marketplace.  As part of that role, he oversaw the platform’s rules, operations, and systems to ensure its healthy functioning as a marketplace where, for example, illegal or counterfeit products are controlled and all transactions are safe and secure. Before Alibaba, Kaifu was a professors at CKGSB in Beijing and at Carnegie Mellon University in the US where he joined upon completing his PhD at INSEAD. Kaifu serves as independent director and advisor to a number of listed companies.
Yoel Roth
Former Head of Trust & Safety @Twitter
Yoel is the former Head of Trust & Safety at Twitter. For more than 7 years, he led Twitter's policy and threat investigation teams responsible for a wide range of security, authenticity, and content issues, including platform manipulation, misinformation, election security, data privacy, and user identity. Before joining Twitter, Yoel received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focused on understanding how policy, governance, and code influence the types of communities that are able to safely and securely form online — and how the choices of developers, designers, and policymakers can systematically push certain types of identities and communities to the digital margins.
Theodoros Evgeniou (Moderator)
Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management @INSEAD
Professor at INSEAD since 2001, working on Machine Learning and AI for the past 25 years, on areas ranging from AI innovations for business process optimization and improving decisions in Marketing and Finance, to AI and regulation, as well as on new Machine Learning methods. He has four degrees from MIT, two BSc degrees simultaneously, Computer Science and Mathematics, a Master and a PhD degree in Computer Science. His work has appeared in leading journals, such as in Science Magazine, Machine Learning, Nature Machine Intelligence, Harvard Business Review magazine, and others. He is currently director of the INSEAD Executive Education program on “Transforming your Business with AI”. He has been a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI, an advisor for the BCG Henderson Institute, a World Economic Forum Academic Partner for Artificial Intelligence, and co-founder of Tremau a technology company for digital regulations.