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Thursday, May 17 • 11:30 - 11:55
Mapping the Artificial Intelligence, Networked Hate, and Human Rights Landscape

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This session will consist of an introductory 10 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute discussion. We will share results of the “Mapping the Artificial Intelligence, Networked Hate, and Human Rights Landscape” research and outreach project at MIGS’s Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab. This project is running from November 2017 until April 2018 and is conducted in collaboration with the Digital Inclusion Lab at Global Affairs Canada. The goal of the project is to map out and better understand the global Artificial Intelligence, Networked Hate, and Human Rights landscape with a special focus on the role and extend of Artificial Intelligence systems in the takedown of extremist content on social media platforms.

We will also share insights from a related research trip to Germany which zooms in on the societal and parliamentary discussions around (and early experiences with) the German Network Enforcement Act (or, as some call it: the “Facebook act”). We finished conducting interviews with representatives from Think Tanks (e.g. Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), research centers (e.g. Center for Internet and Human Rights, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society), German Parliament staff who worked on the law, and members of the Global Diplomacy Lab (an initiative by the German Foreign Ministry).

Additionally, in our session we plan to discuss outcomes of a workshop in March 2018 which we host in collaboration with with the Tech Against Terrorism project. Together we examined AI system’s application for the takedown of extremist content, AI’s possible acceleratory effects for extremist causes and ideologies, and AI system’s potential misuse by terror organisations.”


Speakers
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Kyle Matthews

Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University. He joined MIGS as Lead Researcher of the Will to Intervene Project in 2008 and was appointed Senior Deputy Director in 2011. At Concordia he founded... Read More →
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Nicolai Pogadl

Project Manager and Researcher, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University
Nicolai Pogadl is a project manager at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, and a researcher at its Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab (DMAP Lab). He focuses on policy-oriented and collaborative research projects at the intersection... Read More →
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Mohammad Rostami

Research Officer, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)
Mohammad Rostami's research focuses on the use of emerging technologies in monitoring and disrupting terrorist organization's use of the internet.


Thursday May 17, 2018 11:30 - 11:55
Village Main Stage
  • Host Organization Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights
  • Tags 295

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