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Workshop on Promoting Competition in Artificial Intelligence


Virtual, ML
United States

Event Details

Workshop Information

The Department of Justice and Stanford University will hold a workshop on Promoting Competition in Artificial Intelligence.

The Antitrust Division, along with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research will cohost a free full-day workshop to discuss competition and AI industry structure, including competition in AI models, semiconductors, the cloud, and AI applications. In a series of panels, presentations and remarks, government and industry representatives, academics from both law and business, content creators, inventors, and other tech industry stakeholders will explore how competition at one level of the AI stack affects other AI technologies, how standards and accountability systems can be designed to promote competition, and the challenges AI poses to content creators. The workshop also will explore how competition affects the funding decisions of investors, and the practical considerations that investors face when evaluating whether to invest in startups.

Date and Location

May 30, 2024
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. PST

This event will be livestreamed to the public. A link to our livestream event will be available on this page on the morning of our program.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter (U.S. Department of Justice)

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.

Remarks on the EU AI Act

  • Vice President Věra Jourová (European Commission)

9:25 – 9:55 a.m.

Fireside Chat 1: AI Infrastructure and Foundation Models

  • Moderator: Prof. Susan C. Athey, Chief Economist (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Prof. Percy Liang, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Statistics (Stanford University)

9:55 – 10:25 a.m.

Fireside Chat 2: The AI Application Ecosystem

  • Moderator: Prof. Susan C. Athey, Chief Economist (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Dr. Andrew Ng, Founder (DeepLearning.AI)

10:25 – 10:40 a.m.


10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

Healthcare Spotlight

  • Moderator: Katrina Rouse, Deputy Director of Enforcement and Special Counsel for Health Care (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Prof. Ben Handel, Associate Professor of Economics (University of California – Berkeley)
  • Elena Viboch, Partner (General Catalyst)
  • Allison Oelschlaeger, Chief Data Officer and Director of Enterprise Data and Analytics (CMS)
  • David Kizner, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (
  • Prof. Ziad Obermeyer, Associate Professor and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor (University of California – Berkeley)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Fireside Chat 3: Competition in Hardware/Chips

  • Moderator: Senior Assistant Attorney General Paula Blizzard (California Department of Justice)
  • Victor Peng, President (AMD)


11:45 – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 1: The Competitive Landscape in Hardware/Chips

  • Moderator: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Paula Blizzard (California Department of Justice)
  • Victor Peng, President (AMD)
  • Chris Wolf, Global Head of AI and Advanced Services (VMware by Broadcom)
  • Mazhar Memon, Founder and CEO (OSCI Labs)
  • Alex Gaynor, Deputy Chief Technologist (FTC)
  • Blanche Savary de Beauregard, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board (Mistral AI)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.



1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Recorded Remarks

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Competition in Foundation Models

  • Moderator: Prof. Mohsen Bayati, The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Karen Croxson, Chief Data, Technology and Insight Officer (CMA)
  • Jayesh Govindarajan, Senior Vice President of AI and Machine Learning (Salesforce)
  • Venky Ganesan, Partner (Menlo Ventures)
  • David George, General Partner (a16z)

2:30 – 3:05 p.m.

Keynote Address and Q&A

  • Moderator: Greg Rosston, Director of Public Policy, the Gordon Cain Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy (Stanford University)

3:05 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 3:35 p.m.

Fireside Chat 4: Balancing Creators’ Rights and Competition

  • Moderator: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Doha Mekki (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Director Kathi Vidal (USPTO)

3:35 – 4:30 p.m.

Creators’ Rights Spotlight

  • Moderator: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Doha Mekki (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Moderator: Director Kathi Vidal (USPTO)
  • Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator (SAG-AFTRA)
  • Prof. David Lowery, Senior Lecturer of Music Business (University of Georgia)
  • Michael D. Fricklas, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary (Advance Publications)
  • Prof. Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus at the Annenberg Innovation Lab (University of Southern California)

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.


4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Regulation Spotlight

  • Moderator: Dave Lawerence, Policy Director (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Elham Tabassi, Senior Scientist and the Associate Director for Emerging Technologies (NIST)
  • Atur Desai, Deputy Chief Technologist for Law & Strategy (CFPB)
  • Shankar Ponnekanti, Co-Founder and CTO (TrustLab)
  • Prof. Ellen P. Goodman, Distinguished Professor of Law (Rutgers University)

5:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

6:00 p.m.


Public Comment Submissions

The Department of Justice invites comments from the public on the topics covered by this workshop. Interested parties may submit public comments online now through July 15, 2024, at 

    Privacy and confidentiality: Written submissions and the identity of the submitter may be disclosed, reproduced, and distributed by publication and/or posting on the Department of Justice website, at the discretion of the Department of Justice. Information that is submitted in connection with this event cannot be maintained as confidential by the Department of Justice. Written submissions should not include any information that the submitting person seeks to preserve as private or confidential.

    Updated May 30, 2024