HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

Research Showcase protectionist sanction-proofing strategy for the local IT sector designed by the government, which can be characterized by lifting regulatory barriers for local companies. Unenforceable ethics-based self-regulation is a regulatory gift from the Russian government to the industry. This gift was intentionally designed because the government thought that prioritizing local innovation over consumer protection would benefit the public. However, the gift can also unintentionally undermine the public interest by providing an opportunity for ethics washing. Papyshev, Gleb, and Masaru Yarime. “The Limitation of Ethics-Based Approaches to Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Regulatory Gifting in the Context of Russia.” Russia to illustrate the limitations of the unenforceable ethical approach implemented via industry self-regulation. Based on 50 interviews with policymakers, representatives of AI companies, and academics in the country, it shows that this regulatory regime was formed under the strong influence of Russian big tech companies, which saw an opportunity to avoid regulatory oversight by washing out concrete regulatory measures from the policy. This approach is part of a broader his paper analyzes the emergence of the regulatory regime for artificial intelligence (AI) in T AI & SOCIETY (2022): 1-16. 12