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Hodan Omaar

Hodan Omaar

Senior Policy Manager

Center for Data Innovation

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @hodanomaar

Hodan Omaar is a senior policy manager focusing on AI policy at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant on technology and risk management in London and as a crypto-economist in Berlin. She has an M.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh.

Research Areas

Recent Publications

May 20, 2024

Picking the Right Policy Solutions for AI Concerns

Some concerns are legitimate, but others are not. Some require immediate regulatory responses, but many do not. And a few require regulations addressing AI specifically, but most do not.

May 3, 2024

Comments to the Competition Bureau Canada Regarding AI and Competition

The artificial intelligence market in Canada is still in its early stages but is growing rapidly and becoming increasingly competitive. At this juncture, there is no clear evidence of market failure, substantial barriers to entry, or exclusionary practices that would necessitate intervention.

April 29, 2024

Comments to OMB on Responsible AI Procurement

OMB should support the development of voluntary standard terms for AI contracts to make procurement more efficient and expand access to federal contracts to as diverse and large a pool of vendors as possible so federal agencies can access the best systems.

April 25, 2024

Letter in Support of the “The Future of AI Innovation Act”

This legislation lays out a proactive agenda to foster responsible AI development and deployment in the United States.

April 13, 2024

Congress Should Fund the Creation of a Similarity Checker for Music

A landmark ruling in 2015 made it harder for artists and record labels to determine where permissible influence and interpolation become impermissible appropriation and plagiarism. Congress should make things more consistent, accurate, and fair by directing the Copyright Office to launch a competition for the private sector to come up with an AI-enabled tool to compare how similar a musical composition or recording is to existing copyright-protected works.

February 20, 2024

California’s Bill to Regulate Frontier AI Models Undercuts More Sensible Federal Efforts

California's new AI bill stands to seriously hinder the development of state-of-the-art systems in the state, where much of the frontier AI development in the U.S. is taking place. And since California often sets the tone for action in other states, this bill risks setting a precedent for a fragmented regulatory landscape for AI safety across the country.

December 6, 2023

Statement to the US Senate AI Insight Forum on “Risk, Alignment, and Guarding Against Doomsday Scenarios”

Cloaking narratives about existential risks of AI in apocalyptic religious language only serves to prevent good-faith efforts to address potential risk scenarios.

November 17, 2023

The AIRIA Bill Would Force the Commerce Department to Bite Off More Than It Can Chew

While the Artificial Intelligence Research, Innovation, and Accountability (AIRIA) Act strikes the balance between innovation and accountability better than other AI policy proposals, it puts the horse before the cart, requiring the Commerce Department to come up with technical solutions to complex, nontechnical problems that haven’t been fully defined yet.

November 3, 2023

Jumping on the Bletchley Declaration’s Existential AI Risk Bandwagon Hurts the US and AI

The decision by so many governments, especially the United States, to legitimize the belief that AI presents an existential risk that governments must address will seriously undermine efforts to rapidly develop and adopt the technology for beneficial purposes.

October 10, 2023

The U.S. Approach to Quantum Policy

In the nearly 25 years since NSF held the U.S. government’s first workshop on the topic, it has become increasingly apparent that quantum information science has the potential to drive major advances in computing power, secure communication, and scientific discovery. So, the government has rightly recognized it needs to play an active role in ensuring the nation remains competitive in this critical field.

September 12, 2023

Comments to the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security on “The Need for Transparency in AI”

The biggest risk to consumers is that the myriad opportunities AI offers will not be translated into all the areas where they can make a positive difference in people’s lives.

July 28, 2023

No, We Aren’t in an Oppenheimer Moment for AI

Oppenheimer, has many people drawing parallels between the control of nuclear weapons and the calls to curb AI. But developing and deploying powerful AI systems is not like developing and deploying the atomic bomb.

More publications by Hodan Omaar

Recent Events and Presentations

May 15, 2024

How Can Policymakers Address AI Voice-Cloning Scams?

Watch now for a panel discussion exploring how threats from AI voice cloning are likely to develop, what countermeasures exist, and actionable steps policymakers can take to address both national and international threats.

February 12, 2024

AI and Creativity at the 20th Annual State of the Net

Hodan Omaar speaks at the 2024 State of the Net Conference on a panel about artificial intelligence and creativity in the arts.

September 21, 2023

FP Tech Forum @ UNGA78

Hodan Omaar speaks at Foreign Policy's FP Tech Forum during the 78th annual UN General Assembly. She joins an expert panel to explore how technologies are shaping geopolitics and development around the world.

July 13, 2023

Artificial Intelligence & Innovation: AI Use Cases Across Sectors

Gillian Diebold and Hodan Omaar speak about artificial intelligence and how it will impact different sectors of society at a webinar hosted by the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.

May 2, 2023

What Should Congress Include in The Next National Quantum Initiative Act?

Watch the panel discussion on what the NQIA got right, where there is room for improvement, and what policymakers should do next.

February 23, 2023

Where Should US AI Policy Be Headed Next?

Watch ITIF's Center for Data Innovation's panel discussion on the impact and efficacy of AI policy to date. Experts will debate on how policymakers can best nurture the capabilities and activities of the U.S. AI ecosystem moving forward.

October 13, 2022

Government Perspective: Deepfakes and Restoring Trust Online

Hodan Omaar speaks at Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center's event emphasizing the importance that policymakers ensure to internationalize efforts to mitigate harm from deepfakes and disinformation as malign information campaigns are increasingly targeting non-English speakers and immigrant communities.

September 13, 2022

Should the EU Regulate General-Purpose AI Systems?

Watch the Center for Data Innovation's discussion on the proposed amendments to the EU’s AI Act for general-purpose systems and its implications for AI development, innovation, and deployment in the EU and beyond.

July 20, 2022

Democracy Affirming Technology: Restoring Trust Online

Hodan Omaar presented at the "Democracy Affirming Technology: Restoring Trust Online" event, which identified and discussed solutions for some of the problems surrounding disinformation online, including the threat of deepfake information campaigns to national security and democratic values.

April 20, 2022

How Can the EU Encourage the Private Sector to Share Mobility Data for Social Good?

ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation held a panel discussion on how policymakers can maximize social good by encouraging the reuse of aggregated, anonymized, private-sector mobility data while protecting individual users’ privacy.

March 23, 2022

Book Talk on “Human-Centered AI” With Ben Shneiderman

Watch ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with Ben Shneiderman, whose new book calls for a “human-centered” perspective on AI, as opposed to a “technology-centered” focus, so as to better serve human needs.

July 14, 2021

How Can U.S. Policymakers Support the Development of Quantum Computing?

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion about a new report exploring steps Congress and federal agencies can take to support quantum computing in the United States.

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