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Friday, May 18 • 10:30 - 11:45
A Canadian position on AI and Human Rights: towards policies that promote and protect human rights

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Canada is a global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and in human rights.  As such, it is developing a foreign policy strategy that articulates how AI is impacting human rights, and identifying considerations that should be taken into account in AI-mediated contexts in order to protect, respect and promote human rights.  

While AI technologies can accelerate progress and sustainable development, they can also exacerbate existing human rights challenges and foster new types of violations.   Affected rights include equality, privacy and freedom of expression.  Promoting rights-respecting AI development requires multidisciplinary collaboration.  In the spirit of “policy-making out loud”, the Digital Inclusion Lab at Global Affairs Canada invites RightsCon participants to provide input based on the various conversations taking place at RightsCon on AI, and apply the learning directly into a policy discussion in order to create a policy position for Canada that can bring leadership into this rapidly evolving and complex space.    


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Maroussia Lévesque

Global Affairs Canada
AI and human rights policy.Maroussia Lévesque works at the crossroads of law and technology. She has a background in interactive arts, having lead interdisciplinary teams at the Obx lab for experimental media within the Hexagram research-creation institute. She was called to the... Read More →

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Miranda Bogen

Policy Analyst, Upturn
Miranda Bogen is a Policy Analyst at Upturn, where she focuses on the social implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and the effect of technology platforms on civil and human rights. She has coauthored reports on data ethics, governing automated decisions, and... Read More →
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Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS
In short....video, human rights, deepfakes, media manipulation, citizen participation, role of companies, AI, live video and experiential activismIn "long"...Sam Gregory is an award-winning technologist, media-maker, and advocate, and Program Director of WITNESS (www.witness.org) which helps people use video and technology to defend human rights. Founded after the Rodney King incident, WITNESS has 30 years of experience in 100+ countries, supporting critical uses of video to secure accountability, reaching millions of people with skills and tools, engaging... Read More →
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Lorena Jaume-Palasi

Founder & Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Lorena is the executive director of AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit organisation to evaluate and shed light on algorithmic and automatization processes that have a social relevance. Her work focuses on philosophy of law and ethics of automatization and digitization. Lorena has been appointed... Read More →
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Catherine Kent

Project Officer, The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project
Catherine Kent is the Project Officer for the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project at Essex University's Human Rights Centre. She holds degrees from the University of Nottingham (LLB (hons) 2009) and the University of Essex (LLM 2014). Her research interests are in the fields... Read More →
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Rebecca Mackinnon

Co-founder, Global Voices
Rebecca MacKinnon is an independent writer and researcher. Previously she founded the Ranking Digital Rights project which works to set global standards for how companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector and beyond should respect freedom of expression... Read More →
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Bernard Shen

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
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Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT