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About The AI4IA Conference

The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), is hosting its fourth online one-day conference on 28 September 2023. This year’s event is hosted in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Alberta, Canada, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) in ORF, India and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, all under the auspices of the UNESCO Caribbean Office and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa.

AI can be very beneficial to society but if abused it can also be very harmful. The AI4IA Conference, therefore, raises a range of issues, including AI and Participatory Democracy; AI and War; AI and the Environment; Convergence of AI and Neuro-technology; AI and law; Implications of Large Language Models; Gendered perspectives on AI; Culture, Indigenous Societies and Data Sovereignty; Data Scraping and Exploitation; Digital Rights of Children; Use of AI to overcome Disabilities and deliver Access; AI and Longtermism; AI and Health; Intersection of AI, Art and Human Creativity; and Governance of AI, including tensions around the concepts of Freedom of Expression and Information Accessibility.

This event provides a platform for open discourse involving participants from the general public, academia, civil society organizations, the private sector and government.

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

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Ashish Agrawal

As a streaming industry pioneer, Ashish has led teams that launched multiple video streaming services globally for content providers including AT&T, FOX, Rogers and Bell. As a self-starter and committed problem solver, Ashish is building on 17+ years industry experience when working with clients to deliver the best end-to-end live streaming and video-on-demand experiences. Ashish is proud to continue the entrepreneurial spirit of his family as he rolls out the technology behind Eon Media to a global audience.

David Daou

Dr. Daou has been a researcher for the past 18 years, during which he worked with the top European institutions, such as the Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Province of Varese, Italy) as well as the European Space Agency, the Dutch Meteorological Institute, European Lidar Network, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the AEROCAN network as well as working as an expert to evaluate projects for the European Commission.

Dionne Jackson Miller

Dionne Jackson Miller is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her research project focuses on the work of Jamaica’s Access to Information Appeal Tribunal. She is an attorney-at-law, with an LL.M. in Human Rights Law and a post-graduate certificate in Media Law, both from the University of London. She is also a journalist with over 20 years experience in media. She hosts a daily current affairs programme “Beyond the Headlines” on Radio Jamaica and a weekly current affairs programme “All Angles” on Television Jamaica

Dr Natalie Pang

Dr Natalie Pang is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Communications and New Media Department (CNM), as well as Principal Investigator at the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community, both at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her teaching and research lies at the intersection of technology and society, and her research projects are organised under the themes of digital citizenship, digital inclusion and well-being, and digital humanities. She has published extensively with over 40 journal articles and over 50 conference papers, book chapters, commentaries and encyclopaedia entries.

Dr Vincent Obia

Dr Vincent Obia researches new media regulation at Birmingham City University and the University of Lagos. His interests include platform governance and the inequalities between the Global North/South in the use, design, and regulation of new media technologies.

Dr. Émile P. Torres

Dr. Émile P. Torres is a philosopher and historian whose work focuses on existential threats to civilization and humanity. They have published on a wide range of topics, including machine superintelligence, emerging technologies, religious eschatology, and the ethics of human extinction. Their most recent book is Human Extinction: A History of the Science and Ethics of Annihilation.

Dr. the Hon. Dana Morris

Senator, Dr. the Hon. Dana Morris Dixon is Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and has direct oversight for Skills and Digital Transformation. Dr. Dixon is a 2004 Fulbright Scholar and an alum of the University of the West Indies where she completed BSs. Economics (First Class Honours) and MSc. Government (Distinction). She is also a graduate of Josef Korbel School of International Studies where she completed a PhD in International Studies, as well as the executive programme of the Harvard Business School.

Erik Langner

A social impact entrepreneur, Erik Langner leads the Information Equity Initiative (IEI), an international nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of geography or income, has access to high quality, digital learning resources. To accomplish this goal, IEI works with government agencies, broadcasters, content producers, and funders to efficiently and inexpensively connect homes and facilities via “Datacasting,” which leverages nearly ubiquitous broadcast spectrum to deliver curated and critical information to those who lack access to broadband.

Jacob Jaremko

Jacob Jaremko is a Professor of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, a practicing board-certified Pediatric and Musculoskeletal radiologist and partner at Medical Imaging Consultants, and co-founder of 2 startup companies including MEDO.ai. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and Fellow of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. His research has focused on developing objective imaging biomarkers of disease in ultrasound and MRI, and on implementing AI-augmented medical imaging diagnostic tools at the clinical point of care — building the 21st-century stethoscope.

Katrina Ingram

Katrina Ingram is the Founder and CEO of Ethically Aligned AI, a social enterprise focused on helping organizations to drive better outcomes in the design, development and deployment of AI systems. A seasoned executive, Katrina has over two decades of experience running both not for profit and corporate organizations in the technology and media sectors as well as experience in the public sector. She is a member of DAMA and volunteers with several AI ethics organizations. She was named to the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics list in 2022.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a social venture entrepreneur in South Korea. As a co-founder and CEO of EQ4ALL he is aiming for its mission, “Envisioning equitable society with the latest technology”. Before he started his social venture career in 2017, he had been working for Nagra Kudelski as country manager of Korea, Japan and Mongolia where he had led market development of content protection and UX solutions of Nagra. Before he joined Nagra, he had worked for various kinds of ICT companies including Adobe, Kaseya and Samsung. He holds an MBA at KAIST(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and BSc at Yonsei university.

Madeleine Noland

Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. An industry veteran who is widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

Md. Sayeed Al-Zaman

Md. Sayeed Al-Zaman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests focus on the intersection of digital humanities and sociology within social sciences and humanities disciplines. Specifically, he studies the impact of social media on social issues, digital information, and online behavior in Bangladesh. To aid his research, he employs advanced computational methods and tools. His work has appeared in several international outlets, such as the IFLA Journal, Media Asia, International Information and Library Review, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Asian Women. He can be reached at mdsayeed@ualberta.ca and msalzaman@juniv.edu

Lim May-Ann

May-Ann is the Director of the Fair Tech Institute at technology consultancy firm Access Partnership, and is concurrently the Emeritus Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). A strong advocate for inclusive education, digital literacy, and sustainability, May-Ann is also the Chairman of the Board for nonprofit organisation Engineering Good, which focuses on assistive technology and digital inclusion of the underprivileged and disabled. An active divemaster and instructor, May-Ann also organizes sea cleanups and advocates for ocean sustainability. She also volunteers as a youth mentor with Advisory Singapore, assisting young professionals with career planning.

Prof. David Harel

Prof. David Harel is President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and was Vice President from 2015 to 2021. He is at the Weizmann Institute of Science since 1980, serving in the past as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. He works on logic and computability, software and systems engineering, modeling biological systems, odor reproduction, prosody and more. He invented Statecharts and co-invented Live Sequence Charts. His books include “Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing”, “Computers Ltd.: What They Really Can’t Do” and “Come, Let’s Play: Scenario-Based Programming Using LSCs and the Play-Engine”.

prof. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D.

prof. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. is the Vice-Rector of Masaryk University and Head of the Institute of Law and Technology of the Faculty of Law of MU. He is a founding fellow of the European Law Institute and the European Academy of Law and ICT, a panellist at the ADR.eu Tribunal and the head of ILT observer delegations at UNCITRAL and UNODC.

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Over 50 Presenters

Meet the Speakers
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Live (online) Schedule

  • Introduction of MC – Cordel Green, Chair, UNESCO – IFAP (Information for all Programme) Working Group on  Information Accessibility (WGIA)
  • Opening Remarks, MC  – Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Millwood Hargrave Ltd
  • Remarks – Nisha, Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa.
  • Remarks – Dr Anna Paolini, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean
  • Remarks – Dorothy Gordon, IFAP Chair
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Samridhi Arora, Chair, AI4IA, Planning Committee
  • Keynote Address – Senator Dr Dana Morris-Dixon, Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister With Oversight for Skills and Digital Transformation, Jamaica
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  • Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Millwood Hargrave Ltd (Moderator)
  • Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communication, London School of Economics
  • Professor Jacob L. Jaremko, Fellow & Canada CIFAR AI Chair; Associate Professor, University of Alberta (Radiology)
  • Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Shay Ann Reid, Culture Business Partner, The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)
  • Samridhi Arora, Chair, AI4IA, Planning Committee

On Demand Sessions

Themes and topics that make the implications of AI (risks and opportunities) understandable and relatable to the widest cross-section of people. 

  1. AI and Participatory Democracy; 
  2. AI and War; AI and the Environment; 
  3. Convergence of AI and Neuro-technology; 
  4. AI and law; 
  5. Implications of Large Language Models; 
  6. Gendered perspectives on AI; 
  7. Culture, Indigenous Societies and Data Sovereignty; 
  8. Data Scraping and Exploitation; 
  9. Digital Rights of Children; 
  10. Use of AI to overcome Disabilities and deliver Access; 
  11. AI and Longtermism; 
  12. AI and Health; 
  13. The Intersection of AI, Art and Human Creativity; 
  14. Governance of AI, including tensions around Freedom of Expression and Information Accessibility.