NetHope Webinar: AI Ethics for Social Impact Sector

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of those technologies that can have a transformative impact on our ability to solve some of the toughest global challenges, like the refugee crisis, poverty, infectious disease outbreaks. As the advancements in AI accelerate and as the AI gets embedded all around us, those working in the social impact sector have a responsibility to the people and communities they support to apply all available tools in a meaningful, responsible, and sustainable way. The challenge facing social impact organizations and their partners today is to responsibly develop and use AI technology – maximizing its benefits while minimizing risks and protecting human rights.

NetHope (a nonprofit technology consortium of 60 global NGOs) has partnered with USAID, MIT D-Lab, and Plan International to put together a program designed to equip the social impact sector with the information they need in order to implement AI responsibly and ethically.

This webinar is focused on the key AI ethics concepts and the ethical considerations related to the principle of Fairness. In the webinar, we’ll explore the following:

What is AI ethics? What is responsible innovation?
What are some of the ethical issues surrounding technology use today?
What are the key considerations related to the principle of Fairness and AI/ML?
How do you design and develop an ethical Machine Learning project?
A case study that highlights risks, issues, and path to achieving ethical AI /ML solutions.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Lead for the Emerging Technologies
    Global business and social impact executive with 19+ years of experience in tech and non-profit sectors. Currently focusing on: - Emerging technologies for social impact - AI / ML, digital identity, blockchain. - Ethical, responsible innovation. - Future of Work and Learning for marginalized communities (e.g. refugee youth). - Multi-sector partnerships in 'tech for good' space.
    Technical Advisor
    USAID Center for Digital Development
    Global Lead for Digital Development
    Plan International
    Nora Lindström is an international development professional with over a decade of experience across 3 continents. She is the Global Lead for Digital Development at Plan International, where she promotes the responsible use of technology and digital tools for advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Nora is passionate about bridging the digital gender divide and getting more girls and women to access, use, and create digital technology. In her role at Plan International, Nora acts as a focal point for the Principles for Digital Development* and advances the use of the Principles in Plan International’s digital programming. She also sits on the Advisory Council for the Principles, which is convened under the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL*). Further, Nora coordinates Plan International’s engagement in marking Girls in ICT Day and manages an internal network of digital development champions within the organisation. Prior to joining Plan International, Nora worked as an expert on migration issues at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, as an advisor on urban governance for ActionAid Malawi, and defended urban land rights in Cambodia with Sahmakum Teang Tnaut. Nora holds an MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. In her spare time, she chairs Finland’s Swedish Greens, is an elected representative on the City of Helsinki’s Swedish sub-committee for education and is a proud mother.
    Instructor, D-Lab: Energy
    MIT D-Lab
    Amit Gandhi, co-instructor of D-Lab: Engery I graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and is now a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He has been an organizer and participant in IDDS since 2007, where he worked on a BioLight project (using microbial fuel cells for powering applications in the developing world), a hand held diagnostic tool (to help facilitate DNA extraction from blood from patients), a machine for making recycled plastic products from used water sachets in Ghana, and a social venture to upcycle used plastic bottles into solar water heaters in Brazil. In addition to IDDS, Amit is also developing a solar water distiller for use in Guatemala through funding from the World Water Forum. He is co-founder of Sensen, an affordable plug and play solution for remote data collection.
    Associate Director for Research
    MIT D-Lab


17 Sep 2020


CEST, Geneva
17:00 - 18:30