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O’Keefe Discusses the Need for Civil Service System Reform in Washington Post Article

“We think the current civil service system is badly in need of reform. But the blueprints offered by both left and right are problematic. One side is firmly rooted in a status quo that (inadvertently or otherwise) impedes accountability, and the other could end up politicizing the very civil servants who should be politically neutral,” writes University Professor Sean O'Keefe and his co-authors.

June 22, 2024

See related: Congress, Federal, United States

Residential Mobility and Persistently Depressed Voting Among Disadvantaged Adults in Large Housing

David Jonathan Knight, Baobao Zhang

“Residential mobility and persistently depressed voting among disadvantaged adults in a large housing experiment,” co-authored by Assistant Professor of Political Science Baobao Zhang, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

May 7, 2024

ASPI Faculty Fellow

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) at Syracuse University seeks to create a collaborative forum among designers, engineers, social scientists, and scholars in the arts and humanities to discuss emerging technologies.

April 29, 2024

Siddiki, Baynes Honored for Excellence in Graduate Education

The student-driven award acknowledges faculty who have had a significant impact and positive influence on graduate education because of their superior graduate-level teaching, dedication to departmental and community presence and excellence in research and creative activities. 

April 15, 2024

See related: Awards & Honors

ASPI Welcomes SU Graduate and Local Writer, Debbie Urbanski

Debbie Urbanski '04 visited ASPI to discuss her first novel "After World." The book, released last December, is receiving increasing attention and appraise from across the literary world.

April 10, 2024

See related: Autonomous Systems

Benanav Speaks With the Washington Post About the Four-Day Workweek

Some of what Americans want today—better work/life balance and stronger community—can be found in what former President Richard Nixon proposed long ago, says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. And, he adds, he was fairly progressive on economic issues by today’s standards.

 

April 3, 2024

O’Keefe Speaks With Al Jazeera About Boeing’s Leadership Shakeup, Safety Crisis

University Professor Sean O’Keefe says whoever is appointed at Boeing will need to be able to listen to the concerns of the industry. In particular, they will need to work hand in hand with its airline customers—from Alaska Airlines to United—to make sure safety issues will be the focus in the months ahead, he says.

March 28, 2024

Syracuse University Named to Federal AI Safety Consortium

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, housed in the Maxwell School, is an inaugural member of U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium.

February 14, 2024

Against Democratizing AI

Johannes Himmelreich

"Against 'Democratizing AI'," authored by Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was published in AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication.

January 24, 2024

Examining the Smart City Generational Model: Conceptualizations, Implementations, and Infrastructure

Austin Zwick, Zachary Spicer

"Examining the Smart City Generational Model: Conceptualizations, Implementations, and Infrastructure Canada's Smart City Challenge," co-authored by Austin Zwick, assistant teaching professor of policy studies, was published in Urban Affairs Review.

January 8, 2024

Benanav Speaks With Vox About the Politics of Leisure Time

In the glory days of the American labor movement, when unions were strong and wages rose alongside productivity, “organized workers could cash that out as more free time,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “But for decades, workers haven’t even been getting that choice because, for the most part, productivity growth has ended up as higher profits and more inequality.”

November 24, 2023

University Leaders Launch AI Academic Alliance, Convene AI Symposium in Washington

Two Syracuse University institutes are welcoming researchers, academic leaders, policymakers and journalists for discussions in Washington, D.C., about innovations, vulnerabilities and the future of artificial intelligence. The two-day AI Policy Symposium that begins Thursday in the nation’s capital is organized by the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

October 26, 2023

University Leaders to Convene AI Symposium in Washington, Launch AI Academic Alliance

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute has partnered with the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship for the two-day event. 

October 23, 2023

Public Voices Fellowship Supports Baobao Zhang’s AI Research

The Maxwell School faculty member will use the fellowship to engage the public on perceptions and governance of artificial intelligence.

October 11, 2023

Zhang Comments on the Impact of Immigration Issues on AI Researchers in Marketplace Article

“Sixty-nine percent of those who currently live in the U.S. say that visa and immigration issues are a serious problem for them conducting AI research,” says Baobao Zhang, assistant professor of political science and senior research associate in the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

September 27, 2023

Benanav Talks to CNBC About AI and the Future of Work

“I think about academics having to write grants all the time,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology, as an example. Those can be formulaic and would take far less time with the help of a machine. In programming, it’s helping engineers “write up basic outlines of code or sometimes like whole sections of code,” he says. 

September 18, 2023

Johannes Himmelreich Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The funding will support his research on ethical dilemmas in data science, culminating in a co-authored book manuscript.

September 13, 2023

See related: Ethics, Grant Awards

Experts Say Federal Agency Should Govern AI, New Survey Conducted by Two University Institutes Finds

Generation Lab conducted the survey for Axios in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). 

September 6, 2023

Ekbia Comments on the Current State of AI Regulation by State Governments in Bloomberg Law

“Unfortunately, academics as much as many others, including Silicon Valley folks, are culpable for spreading this kind of fear and anxiety in the society,” says University Professor Hamid Ekbia. “Let’s stop for a second, take a deep breath, and see what is really possible in both directions, in terms of risks, but also in terms of the promises.”  

August 10, 2023

ASPI Director Hamid Ekbia Visits Spain to Discuss Challenges in Regulating AI

As part of ASPI’s global outreach program, Director Hamid Ekbia visited Spain in July 2023, where he met with Carme Artigas Brugal, Spain’s secretary of state for digitalization and artificial intelligence, and Maxwell Advisory Board member Javier Font '92 M.P.A. 

July 28, 2023

See related: Autonomous Systems, Europe

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