This post first appeared in The Neuroethics Blog on January 26, 2021 as “THE GLOBAL BRAIN DATA FOUNDATION: A SUPPLEMENTAL INITIATIVE FOR EMPOWERING NEURODATA USE AND POLICY” by Ryan Triplette and Devon White.

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The world is in a time of psychological distress. Worldwide events and the pandemic have exacerbated an already looming mental health crisis. Forced and unexpected isolation, illness, and unemployment are pushing our ability to manage long established injustices and anxieties to its limit. However, turmoil often readies us for transformation. Previously overlooked problems are prioritized; needs acutely identified; and solutions actively sought. This moment is no different.


As governments all over the world head back to work, one question that sits on almost all of their agendas is how to handle the technology industry. The past few months have presented no shortage of reasons to take up the question. New product offerings, data leaks, advertising practices, and malware revelations are just some of the highlights and far from an exhaustive list. The proposed solutions are equally extensive. Some propose resolving yesterday’s mistakes with taxes or breaking up perceived monopolies; others identify behavior to directly regulate.

While regulatory solutions may have merit, they are slow in the offing…


Artificial intelligence is increasingly making important decisions, but we can’t have faith in its choices unless we know how they’re made. When a decision about a mortgage, a health care policy or a medical treatment is challenged, we currently turn to a human for resolution. If and when artificial intelligence becomes the ultimate arbiter, its reasoning needs to be clear enough so that if it’s mistaken, we can intervene. Trouble is, AI learning is opaque — it involves building associations and relying on patterns that humans can’t understand, and the tech industry is struggling to make AI explain itself.

To…


Paris: the City of Light; the City of Love; and, well on its way to becoming the City of Entrepreneurship. This should come as no surprise, though. France has a long history of applied innovation and many of the world’s largest businesses are French. From Total to Sanofi, L’Oreal to Michelin, France quietly serves as a major resource for the world’s economy. What is unique about France’s emergence as a global tech and innovation center today is the front and center role women are increasingly taking in it.

At one point, the digital age outpaced France, pushing American and Chinese…


As the Vice President of Communications for the American Women’s Group in Paris (AWG), I periodically post little pieces on our blog. To date, these have tended to be lighter in nature, focused almost entirely on tips for our members and new expats for adjusting to life in their new home. In light of recent protests, though, I posted a piece about some of the experiences of our members (including myself) which I thought might be of interest to others so sharing more widely. It is important to note that the activities of the past couple of weeks are complex…


An Overview of Current Artificial Intelligence in North America

Keynote Speech During HDI Day “AI & Health: New Data, New Methods” at the Institut Pasteur on 15 November 2018

The countries of the world are in a race. A race to be the dominant economic power over artificial intelligence. Why? As Russian President Vladimir Putin famously stated, “Whoever becomes the leader in [AI] will become the ruler of the world.”

Others share this belief. 26 countries and 6 international bodies have either announced a formal AI strategy, endorsed conceptual principles, or formed an investigatory body on AI policy. These range…


An American’s Perspective of the European Union’s Debate over SPCs

*Article appearing also on Advocaxio in advance of discussion on 16 October 2018 on competition and pharmaceutical patents.

Some rivalries shape the world around them. Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla embody the short and the long of power struggles. The competition between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, living forever as “fire and ice,” changed the face and interest of tennis. And in world policy, few tensions have run so long or had more impact than that between the pharmaceutical and generic industries.

As one of the most heavily regulated industries…


President Trump announces the United States will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He concurrently pushes an agenda of deregulation and uses the State of the Union to highlight an entrepreneurial and innovative America. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announces the European Union’s plans to tax large global technology companies. At the same time, France works to become a “scale up nation” and make domestic technology companies world wide leaders. From the Americas to the Middle East to Asia and everywhere in between, countries vie for the best and the brightest to develop the next breakthrough in artificial intelligence…


Over the past decade, Congress has engaged in a series of debates around the U.S. patent system. Most recently, the debate primarily focused on the need to inject greater clarity and specificity into the existing litigation system. However, despite a steady increase in the number of patent cases filed against an increasingly diverse cross-section of American businesses and job creators, attempts to rebalance the system have begun to stall. Why? Because of the purportedly disparate impact that the reforms will have on the technology industry versus the life sciences industry. Much of this is made in a manner that would…

Ryan Triplette

Longtime Washingtonian turned expat in Paris working CET->PST on international policy trends in a tech dependent world — canaryglobalstrategic.com

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