Breakthrough Session 3: AI, Human Dignity & Inclusive Societies

Room 5+6, Level 3, CICG

In his 2017 message to the AI for Good Global Summit, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that while AI has enormous potential to help countries achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it also poses risks to human dignity and human rights, and  also raises new challenges for inclusive societies:

“The implications [of AI] for development are enormous. Developing countries can gain from the benefits of AI, but they also face the highest risk of being left behind…There are real concerns about cybersecurity, human rights and privacy – not to mention the obvious and significant impact on the labour market.”  – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Building on globally accepted principles—including the UN SDGs and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights —the AI, Human Dignity & Inclusive Society track brings together actors from around the world to ensure that AI is deployed to promote peaceful inclusive societies, protect human rights and enhance human dignity.

The first segment of this track will focus on new developments in “Digital Identity” systems, and focus on essential elements of “good digital identity” to ensure that AI-based systems are inclusive, non-discriminatory, and beneficial for all.

The second segment will assess AI-related initiatives dedicated to “Protecting Vulnerable Populations & Inclusion of Minority Groups.”

Third, we will explore the relationship between AI and the information ecosystem and consider how to enhance “Quality & Diversity of Digital Information.”

Finally, this track will close with a focus on “AI in Practice” with a practical exploration of how to ensure that AI is deployed in ways that protect and respect human rights.  

The aim of the track:

  • Identifying current projects addressing equality and inclusion in AI and discussing their effectiveness, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Mobilizing major stakeholders in the AI community to advocate and support proposals related to AI, inclusion, and human dignity on a regional, national, and international scale.
  • Evaluating practical proposals and projects that could help alleviate inequality and promote human dignity.
  • Seeking novel ideas and collaboration between projects in addition to finding opportunities for partnerships, mergers, and scaling with the aim of maximizing positive impacts.

Chair:

  • Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University

Sub-theme leads:

  • Manju George, Head of Platform Services, Digital Economy & Society, WEF
  • Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley
  • Steven Vosloo, Digital Policy Specialist, UNICEF
  • Bhanu Neupane, Program Specialist in Communication and Information, UNESCO

Track members:

  • Kathy Baxter, Architect, Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce
  • Wafa Ben-Hassine, MENA Policy Counsel and Global Policy Counsel, Access Now 
  • Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
  • Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
  • Marc Warner, CEO, Faculty John Gibson, Director of Data Science, Faculty Bertram Malle, Brown University
  • Mark Latonero, Research Lead, Data & Human Rights, Data & Society
  • Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Data Scientist, UNHCR Innovation
  • Ecem Yılmazhaliloğlu, Alumni, AI4ALL ; Founder, Technoladies
  • Megan Metzger, Associate Director of Research, Stanford’s GDPi
  • Kathleen Siminiyu, Head of Data Science, Africa’s Talking and Co- Founder of Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Community
  • Nick Bradshaw, Head of Cortex Ventures- Africa’s first AI only focused VC Fund
  • Nigel Hickson, Vice President, IGO Engagement at ICANN
  • Frits Bussemaker, Chairman, Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy
  • Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Chief Scientist, Field Solutions, UNICEF
  • Bertram Malle, Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Science, Brown University
  • Regina Surber, Scientific Advisor, ICT4Peace and the Zurich Hub for Ethics and Technology
  • Thea Anderson, Director, Digital Identity, Omidyar Network
  • Vincent Graf Narbel, Strategic Technology Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Natalie Smolenski, SVP Business Development, Learning Machine
  • Carmela Troncoso, Assistant Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Carlos Moreira, CEO, WiseKey
  • Marten Kaevats, National Digital Advisor, Government of Estonia
  • Francesca Rossi, Professor of Computer Science at University of Padova, Italy and IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

Rapporteurs:

  • Roya Pakzad, Research Associate, Project Leader in Technology & Human Rights, Stanford’s GDPi

Data Rapporteurs:

  • TBA

Involved UN Agencies: UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR Innovation, United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Involved Orgs/NGOs/others: CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, the World Economic Forum, AI4ALL, Faculty, Access Now, Data & Society, Salesforce, Digital Asia Hub, Technoladies

09:00 – 10:30 – Session 1: AI & Digital Identity – Essential Elements of Good Digital Identity Systems

Building on SDG 16, (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels), this segment will explore essential elements of a user-centric model for digital identity.

Digital identity systems must protect human rights and dignity, while enabling individuals to reap the social and economic benefits of AI across a variety of domains including social services, financial inclusion (SDG Target 8.10), public health (SDG 3), humanitarian aid, and access to secure digital infrastructure ( SDG Target 9.C)

Opening: Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator

Session lead:

  • Manju George, Head of Platform Services, Digital Economy & Society, WEF

Speakers:

  • Carlos Moreira, CEO, WiseKey
  • Thea Anderson, Director, Digital Identity, Omidyar Network
  • Marten Kaevats, National Digital Advisor, Government of Estonia
  • Carmela Troncoso, Assistant Professor, EPFL
  • Vincent Graf Narbel, Strategic Technology Advisor, ICRC
  • Natalie Smolenski, SVP Business Development, Learning Machine

Project: Platform for Good Digital Identity, to develop “existing and new digital identity solutions that are inclusive, trustworthy, safe and sustainable.”

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee Break & Demo Stage

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 2: Protection of Vulnerable Populations & Inclusion of Minority Groups

Building on SDG 10 (reduce inequality within and among countries) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,) this segment focuses on human rights to equal protection and non-discrimination. It will also focus on gender and racial diversity with respect to design and deployment of AI for public and private applications.

Session leads:

  • Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley
  • Steven Vosloo, Digital Policy Specialist, UNICEF

Speakers:

  • Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Chief Scientist, Field Solutions, UNICEF
  • Kathy Baxter, Architect, Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce
  • Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Innovation Officer & Data Scientist, UNHCR Innovation Service
  • Ecem Yılmazhaliloğlu, Alumni, AI4ALL; Founder, Technoladies

12:30 – 14:00 – AI for Good UN Partners meeting, Lunch & Demo Stage

AI for Good UN Partners meeting

*Invitation only

“Telecom Area” Level -1, CICG

14:00 – 15:30 – Session 3: Enhancing the Quality & Diversity of the Digital Information Ecosystem

Building on SDG target 16.10 (ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements) and article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (right to freedom of opinion and expression), this segment explores UNESCO roam framework * for a digital information sphere that protects human rights and openness, enables access, and facilitates multistakeholder engagement.

Session lead:

  • Bhanu Neupane, Program Specialist in Communication and Information, UNESCO

Speakers:

  • Kathleen Siminiyu, Head of Data Science, Africa’s Talking and Co-Founder of Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Community
  • Nick Bradshaw, Head of Cortex Ventures- Africa’s first AI only focused VC Fund
  • Nigel Hickson, Vice President, IGO Engagement at ICANN
  • Frits Bussemaker, Chairman, Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy
  • Francesca Rossi, Professor of Computer Science at University of Padova, Italy and IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

Project: This session invites panelists and participants to reflect on implications of AI in the digital information ecosystem, and will address issues concerning human rights, openness, access and multi-stakeholder governance of digital technologies like AI. UNESCO’s upcoming report “Steering AI for Knowledge Societies: A ROAM Perspective” provides the background for the discussion.

This session will present major outcomes of UNESCO’s report “Steering AI for Knowledge Societies: A ROAM Perspective”which sheds light on AI’s implications across:

  • Human Rights: freedom of expression, journalism, media, privacy and equality
  • Openness: open data, open access, transparency and open marketsInclusive
  • Access: to information, data, infrastructure and multilingualism
  • Multistakeholder Governance

The conversation will also address cross-cutting issues, including, gender, Africa, legal & ethical aspects of the Internet.      

The discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • How has production, sharing, access and use of information changed in the digital world? Have new mechanisms of information engagement supplanted the old ones and what are the consequences for society?
  • How do we address the human rights implications relation AI based information personalization, content prioritization and moderation, algorithmic censorship, micro targeting of information, disinformation and deep fake? What are some ideas or solutions?
  • What are the key factors that expand the digital divide? How to prevent digital divide related to AI development to be further widened? Do you have some examples of initiatives being taken at the local, regional or national level to address the same?
  • How to make algorithms and algorithmic decision making more open and transparent? How can we reduce the risks of discrimination and bias arising out of AI?

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee Break & Demo Stage

16:00 – 17:30 – Session 4: Human Dignity & Inclusive Society in Practice

Building on the earlier discussions, this closing session will address the need for governance innovations and practical applications of AI to protect the information ecosystem and human rights.

Speakers:

  • Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director & Co-Lead, United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
  • Marc Warner, CEO, Faculty
  • John Gibson, Director of Data Science, Faculty
  • Wafa Ben-Hassine, MENA Policy Counsel Global Policy Counsel, Access Now
  • Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
  • Mark Latonero, Research Lead, Data & Human Rights, Data & Society
  • Regina Surber, Scientific Advisor, ICT4Peace and the Zurich Hub for Ethics and Technology
  • Megan Metzger, GDPi Associate Director of Research

18:30 – 20:00 – Performances: AI pushing the limits of Artistic intelligence

Palais des Nations, Room XX (Salle des droits de l’homme), E Building, 3rd Floor – Door 40

Artists around the world have taken up the topic of Artificial Intelligence to explore and reflect our very own identity in the face of the coming change. As part ofthe AI for Good Global Summit 2019, the cultural event AI pushing the limits of Artistic intelligence will present leading international artists working at the intersection of performance arts and AI.

Moderated by LJ Rich, Inventor, BBC Click Presenter, the evening explores how man and machine could come together to augment the boundaries of human creativity and genius.

Performers:

  • Reeps One, Award-winning vocal and visual artist
  • Christian “Mio” Loclair, Creative director at Waltz Binaire, new media artist, computer scientist and choreographer
  • Robozee, Dance performer

The event is free but space is limited. All attendees are kindly requested to register here

20:00 – VIP evening reception

VIP evening reception

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Agenda

09:00 – 10:30 – Session 1: Essential Elements of Good Digital Identity Systems

09:00 – 09:10

Use case examples/projects that illustrate opportunities and risks related to digital identity and data of people, devices, things

  • Thea Anderson, Director, Digital Identity, Omidyar Network
  • Vincent Graf Narbel, Strategic Technology Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Natalie Smolenski, SVP Business Development, Learning Machine

09:10 – 09:20

How do you see the future interplay between AI and identity – what excites you, what worries you?

  • Carmela Troncoso, Assistant Professor, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • Carlos Moreira, CEO, WiseKey

09:20 – 09:45

How can AI increase/reduce user-centricity of digital identities? What promising approaches do you see? (all)

09:45 – 10:00

What do you see as priorities for public private collaboration/action? What roles should business, governments, civil society, AI innovators play? (all)

10:00 – 10:30

Respond to and build on audience questions (all)

Agenda

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 2: Protection of Vulnerable Populations & Inclusion of Minority Groups

11:00 – 11:05

State of Play: “AI, Human Dignity, & Inclusive Societies: Protecting Vulnerable Groups, including Minority Populations”

  • Brandie Nonnecke, PhD, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab, UC Berkeley

11:05 – 11:25

AI & Child Rights: It’s Urgent

AI is pervasive in children’s lives, yet there is a lack of inclusion of child rights into AI strategies and policies. This presentation will provide examples of how AI is already integrated into children’s lives, highlight the need for fairness and accountability mechanisms, and share UNICEF’s policy project plans.

  • Steven Vosloo, Policy Specialist, Digital Connectivity & Policy Lab, UNICEF
  • Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Chief Scientist, Field Solutions, UNICEF

11:25 – 11:45

Raising your AI Child

Creating a responsible AI system that respects human rights is similar to raising a child. It takes a diverse society working together to model the behavior we want AI to replicate. Kathy will share practices you can implement to create and manage AI systems that your customers and society can trust.

  • Kathy Baxter, Architect, Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce

11:45 – 12:05

Humane AI: Ethics of applied AI in the Humanitarian Sector

Automated decision systems are increasingly deployed by state- and non-state actors to inform decisions that affect forcibly displaced people, including automated screenings of eligibility, country placement, and allocation of resources. This presentation will discuss emerging recommendations from the UNHCR to ensure automated decision systems are inclusive, diverse, fair, and transparent.

  • Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Innovation Officer & Data Scientist, UNHCR Innovation Service

12:05 – 12:25

Including All the Pieces: Effective strategies for enabling greater inclusion in the field of AI

The diversity crisis in AI development and deployment has led to innumerable negative impacts. This presentation will provide insights into the scale of the diversity crisis, explore risks that lack of diversity in AI development poses, and share effective strategies for enabling greater inclusion in the field of AI through tangible examples from AI4ALL and Technoladies.

  • Ecem Yılmazhaliloğlu, Alumni, AI4ALL ; Founder, Technoladies

12:25 – 12:30

Wrap-up by Brandie Nonnecke, PhD, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab, UC Berkeley

Agenda

14:00 – 15:30 – Session 3: Enhancing the Quality & Diversity of the Digital Information Ecosystem

14:00 – 14:08

14:08 – 15:10

UNESCO presentation on “Steering AI for Knowledge Societies: A ROAM Perspective”

  • Kathleen Siminiyu, Head of Data Science, Africa’s Talking and Co-Founder of Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Community
  • Nick Bradshaw, Head of Cortex Ventures- Africa’s first AI only focused VC Fund
  • Nigel Hickson, Vice President, IGO Engagement at ICANN
  • Frits Bussemaker, Chairman, Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy
  • Francesca Rossi, Professor of Computer Science at University of Padova, Italy and IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

15:10 – 15:25

15:25 – 15:30

Q&A

Closing

Agenda

16:00 – 17:30 – Session 4: Human Dignity & Inclusive Society in Practice

16:00 – 16:15

Keynote

  • Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director & Co-Lead, United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

16:10 – 16:30

AI to Combat Deepfakes

  • Marc Warner, CEO, Faculty
  • John Gibson, Director of Data Science, Faculty

How to Teach Robots Human Norms

  • Bertram Malle, Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences Brown University

16:40 – 17:25

Mini Panel: AI & Human Rights

  • Wafa Ben-Hassine, MENA Policy Counsel Global Policy Counsel, Access Now
  • Malavika Jarayam, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
  • Mark Latonero, Research Lead, Data & Human Rights, Data & Society
  • Regina Surber, Scientific Advisor, ICT4Peace and the Zurich Hub for Ethics and Technology
  • Megan Metzger, GDPi Associate Director of Research

17:25 – 17:30

Wrap up by the track lead, Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University