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Artificial Intelligence for Information Accessibility Conference

The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA, is hosting its fifth online one-day conference on Saturday, September 28, 2024, to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). 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.

The Conference will explore a range of themes and topics in a manner which makes the implications of AI (risks and opportunities) understandable and relatable to the widest cross-section of people. These include – Artificial Intelligence As a Tool for Access to Justice and preservation of human rights; The affordances of Generative AI, devaluation of truth and meaning of ‘vulnerability’ in the digital age; Generation Alpha, hyper-personalisation and the divides in information accessibility; Mind the Gap: How generative AI is bracketing power and reinventing the value of information, intellectual property and information accessibility; The Higher Dimensions of Human Creativity vs AI; Access Not Atrophy; Autonomy, Personhood and digital agency; ESports: A Tool for upskilling, empowerment, Inclusion and access to science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM); The paradox of Information Access and Carbon Footprint; and The intersection of AI and Neurotechnology”.

Organizing Committee

Cordel Green, Samridhi Arora, Professor Geoffrey Rockwell, Dr Nicolàs Arnàez, Trisha Ray, Maria Dolores Souza, Andrea Millwood Hargrave.

Co-opted members: Janine Sale and Sasha Harrison.

Programme

The AI4IA conference is an on-demand conference with live sessions on 28 September 2024. On-demand viewing of the conference line-up will be available from 00:00 GMT  (+0) from 26 September until 28 September 2024.

On-demand Viewing

Pre-recorded speaker presentations that will be available for on-demand viewing from 26 September 2024 at 00:00 GMT. These will be available for a limited time on the Gather.Town platform and accessible to all regions of the world.

Live Salon Discussions

Live Salon Discussions on 28 September 2024. These interactive sessions are intended to stimulate informal networking and thought-provoking discussion and allow speakers and participants to gather on the Gather.Town platform and engage with one another.