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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 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.

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.

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.


The AI4IA conference is an on-demand conference with live sessions on 28 September 2023. On-demand viewing of the conference line-up will be available from 00:00 GMT  (+0) from 26 September until 28 September 2023. A live opening session will be held on 28 September 2023 from 13:00 GMT/08:00 EST on ZOOM.

On-demand Viewing

Pre-recorded speaker presentations that will be available for on-demand viewing from 26 September 2023 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 Opening Session

A live Opening Session on ZOOM which will be held on 28 September at 13:00.

Live Salon Discussions

Live Salon Discussions on 28 September 2023. These are interactive sessions intended to stimulate the informal networking, thought-provoking discussion, and allow speakers and participants to gather on the Gather.Town platform and engage with one another.