U.S. Justice Department Appoints Chief Science and AI Advisor

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Posted on 02/23/2024
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United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland made a groundbreaking AI announcement. According to a press release, Jonathan Mayer is the Justice Department’s inaugural Chief Science and Technology Advisor and Chief AI Officer. In the press release, Attorney General Garland emphasized the critical importance of adapting to evolving technological landscapes to meet the challenges and harness the opportunities they present. With Mayer’s appointment, the Justice Department aims to bolster its capabilities in navigating complex issues like cybersecurity, AI, and emerging technologies effectively.


As the Chief Science and Technology Advisor, Mayer will work closely with Justice Department leadership, providing expert guidance and fostering collaboration across various departments. His mandate extends to spearheading efforts to enhance the department’s technological infrastructure and talent pool, ensuring it remains equipped to tackle future challenges. Mayer’s role will be pivotal within the Office of Legal Policy, a strategic hub tasked with developing a cadre of technical and policy experts focused on critical technology-related areas such as cybersecurity and AI. This initiative aims to fortify the department’s capacity to address pressing technological issues and coordinate efforts with federal partners.


Furthermore, in alignment with President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on AI, Attorney General Garland entrusted Mayer with the responsibility of serving as the department’s Chief AI Officer. In this capacity, Mayer will oversee interdepartmental and cross-agency initiatives on AI, guiding the newly established Emerging Technology Board in navigating the complexities of emerging technologies.


Mayer brings a wealth of expertise to his new role, drawing from his tenure as an assistant professor at Princeton University’s Department of Computer Science and School of Public and International Affairs. His research, spanning the intersections of technology, policy, and law, underscores his commitment to advancing public interests in criminal procedure, national security, and consumer protection. With a Ph.D. in computer science and a J.D. from Stanford University, Mayer embodies the multidisciplinary approach necessary to address contemporary challenges at the nexus of technology and law.


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