Countdown to the 3rd Annual AI4IA Conference
The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), is hosting its third online one-day conference on 28 September 2022. This event will be hosted in collaboration with the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) and AI for Society (AI4S), both at University of Alberta, Canada, the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) in ORF, India and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica. It is being organised under the auspices of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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 the relationship between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Law, AI and Ethics, media and our right to know, creativity and innovation. It is necessary to understand how AI can be made inclusive, enabling the widest cross-section of society. This event provides a platform for open discourse involving participants from academia, civil society, the private sector and government.
Julia Angwin is Founder and Editor-at-Large at The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that produces meaningful data-centered journalism about technology and the people affected by it. Before founding The Markup, she led investigative teams at ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal.
11-year-old Carter Bonas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is an up-and-coming golfer who founded Spectrum Golf Apparel at the age of 10. Carter named his line of apparel “Spectrum Golf” and his vitamin water “Spectrum Vitamin Water” because he is considered high functioning on the Autism Spectrum Scale. Most recent Carter has followed in his mother’s footsteps and started his own 501c3 Non-Profit Carter’s Spectrum Golf “Cares” Corp.
Noémi Bontridder is a researcher at the Research Centre Information, Law and Society (CRIDS) and participates in the work of the Information Ethics Working Group of UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP).
Addie Cooke is the AI Public Policy Lead at Google Cloud. In this role, she supports Google teams globally to incorporate Responsible AI in external product launches, technology partnerships, and customer engagements.
Jake Elwes (b.1993) is a media artist living and working in London. They studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2013-17). Searching for poetry and narrative in the success and failures of AI systems, Jake Elwes investigates the aesthetics and ethics inherent to AI. Elwes’ practice makes use of the sophistication of machine learning, while finding illuminating qualities in its limitations.
Isabela Ferrari has been a Brazilian Federal Judge since 2012, and a member of the UNESCO WGIA since 2019. She holds a Phd on Public Law at the University of Rio de Janeiro. She was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law (2016/2017). Judge Ferrari teaches at the UNESCO MOOC AI and the Rule of Law. She was the 2021 Distinguished Jurist Lecturer for the Judiciary of Trinidad & Tobago.
Smita is an Earth Advocate at heart, and holds a B.A. LL.B. Hons. degree from National Law University, Punjab. As part of the OpenNyAI Mission, she is excited about connecting the dots of AI, data, law and justice. She has also been involved in creating datasets and standardisations to champion the Open Data Movement in the legal sphere. She is passionate about all things environmental justice, legal innovation and gender equality. Previously interned with WWF-India.
Andrew has been with RICS for over eleven years, and prior to his role in leading the data and tech thought leadership and data standards function, managed RICS’ relationship with the finance and investment community working with debt and equity participants, their advisors in law and accountancy, and regulators.
Throughout her career, Ms. Kinyanjui has complimented the growth of Fortune 500 companies, African tech unicorns and global non-profits who are united by the same goal: how to creatively use technology to enable access to critical services.
Director of the Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (KPC4IR) and the Project Coordinator of the Project for the Establishment of Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kenya-AIST) at KAIST in South Korea.
Honorary Senior Fellow of King’s College, London; Non-Resident Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research; Advisory Board Member of the Carnegie AI and Equality Initiative; Member of Standards Australia as a technical expert on the International Standards Organisation’s work on AI Standards;
Joint appointment at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering as a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives. Dan’s teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial intelligence, data analytics, leadership, operations, and innovation frameworks.
In-house counsel at NVIDIA, where she leads the company’s Trustworthy AI initiative. Her interest in criminal justice reform and technology converged in an academic research project involving the use of predictive algorithms in sentencing and bail decisions, which led to her current role at NVIDIA.
Senior Researcher in philosophy at the Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University. She is a tenured professor of philosophy at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Principal Investigator in FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Director of NeuroeticaBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and is also affiliated to Weill Cornell Medical College, (NY, United States).
A Full Professor with the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Chile. During his academic life, he has been an adviser for more than 120 reports and theses (master and doctorate), has written more than 150 scientific publications and book chapters.
Co-Founder of the Governance Laboratory (The GovLab) at New York University (NYU), an action research center focused on transforming decision making and innovating policy making using advances in science and technology - including data and collective intelligence.
Winston is the co-founder & CEO of Finute, a metaverse technology company that develops immersive virtual experiences. As CEO, Winston works with multinational corporations, SMEs and government agencies to bring their ideas to life.
The on demand sessions work together with the topics under Theme 1 concentrating on individuals and communities while Theme 2 broadens to consider processes, policy making and institutions
Theme 1: Access to Information with reference to SDGs 5, 8, 9, 16,17
– Delivery, access, usability
– Overcoming divides: e.g. linguistic, less able bodied, geographies.
– AI localism: empowering individuals, challenging bounded choices.
– AI Heroes: persons who use AI to overcome disabilities and provide access
Theme 2: Collaborating to achieve AI Accessibility through leadership, learning, innovation and trust with reference to SDG 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16,17
– Providers of infrastructure and content, including government and legal structures
– Skills development/digital literacy
– Ethical Digital Transformation (including – e-governance, socially-rooted AI deployment)
– AI Ethics from the first mile – stories about transformational ethical leadership in AI
– Positive Planet; Can AI be leveraged in a responsible and responsive manner to better our relationship with our planet?
– “The Shared We and Universal All” – Lessons from Ubuntu for AI Access and Governance