Amba Kak

Executive Director, AI Now Institute

Amba Kak has spent the last fifteen years designing and advocating for technology policy in the public interest, ranging from network neutrality to privacy to algorithmic accountability, across government, industry, and civil society – and in many parts of the world. Amba brings this experience to her current role co-leading AI Now, a US-based research institute where she leads on advancing diagnosis and actionable policy recommendations to tackle concerns with artificial intelligence and concentrated power.

Amba recently completed her term as Senior Advisor on AI at the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to AI Now, she was Global Policy Advisor at Mozilla; and also previously served as legal advisor to India’s telecommunications regulator (TRAI) on net-neutrality rules.

Amba regularly advises members of Congress, the White House, the European Commission, UK government, the City of New York, US and other regulatory agencies worldwide; and recently testified before Congress at a hearing on artificial intelligence and data privacy. She is widely published across scholarly and popular venues and her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Financial Times, MIT Tech Review, Nature, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Amba currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Signal Foundation, and the AI Committee for the Board of the Mozilla Foundation, and is affiliated as Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University. Trained as a lawyer, Amba received her BA LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences in India, and is a former recipient of the Google Policy Fellowship and Mozilla Policy Fellowship. She has a Masters in Law (BCL) and an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Email: amba [at] ainowinstitute.org

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