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Steering AI Policy in the Right Direction

Americans for Responsible Innovation (ARI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to policy advocacy in the public interest, focused on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). The organization was founded in late 2023 by former Congressman Brad Carson (President) and tech entrepreneur Eric Gastfriend (Executive Director).

Our Mission

Help U.S. policymakers develop a thoughtful governance framework for rapidly advancing technologies that protects the public from harm while continuing to foster innovation.

Fighting for the Public Interest

We seek to address a broad range of policy issues raised by AI, including current harms, national security concerns, and emerging risks. ARI is a bipartisan organization, working within and across political ideologies. ARI is funded by donors who care about this issue. To maintain our independence as an organization acting on behalf of the public interest, we do not take money from industry and our organization is run fully independently of our donors. Our funders have not and will not participate in the organization’s policy priorities.

Our Vision

Support the creation of an effective and comprehensive U.S. regulatory regime for AI governance by 2030.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is funding ARI?

At this early stage, we are funded by our co-founders, friends, and family. We are actively fundraising from a wide range of donors interested in improving government’s ability to make strong, sensible AI policy. We do not take money from corporations, to maintain our independence as an organization acting on behalf of the public interest, and our organization is run fully independently of our donors. As a new organization, we expect to expand and share more about our pool of funders over time.

There are many organizations doing great work on AI policy. However, think tanks and nonprofits structured as 501(c)(3) organizations are broadly prohibited from becoming too involved in the legislative process, which often leaves a gap filled by industry interests. ARI is structured as a 501(c)(4) organization, which allows us to work directly with policymakers on these issues. Furthermore, ARI works on multiple facets of the AI issue: current harms, national security, and emerging risks.

While over-regulation can be harmful to an industry, thoughtful regulation can promote public trust, which leads to long-term market growth. For example, part of the reason the U.S. is a leading financial center globally is because we have well-regulated capital markets that protect lenders, borrowers, and property rights.