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Thursday, May 17 • 12:00 - 13:15
Mobilising the Might of Rights: A Human Rights Based Approach to AI

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AI’s impact on society demands scrutiny of the ways in which it is designed and deployed. Debates have ensued on how to ensure that AI benefits all in society and contributes to, rather than threatens, human rights. A human rights based approach to AI offers a holistic, universal and enforceable solution.

The session will focus on the might of rights in the design and deployment of AI. Discussions will first highlight the benefits of placing international human rights standards and norms at the centre of debates. Participants will tackle the current challenges in advancing and implementing a human rights based approach to the development and use of AI, and suggest practical solutions. The session will then explore priority areas in the conceptualisation of a human rights based approach and, together, we will identify how best to mobilise stakeholders to adopt such an approach.


Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada
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Ansgar Koene

Senior Research Fellow: UnBIAS, CaSMa & Horizon Policy Impact - Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham; Working Group Chair - IEEE Standard on Algorithm Bias Considerations

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT