Panel on AI & Gender: A Human Rights Toolbox Approach

In this crucial moment when AI is transforming the fabric of our society — potentially the greatest global paradigm shift yet — it is crystal clear that the design and deployment of Artificial Intelligence must be grounded in human rights. Similarly, gender equality — the very heart of human rights — must be included in Artificial Intelligence design and deployment. How can a human rights based approach be applied to computer science, engineering and innovation?

October 30, 2020 - 11:00am

It is urgent that computer scientists, engineers and policy makers understand the nature of bias, its technical roots, its social impact, and have practical frameworks to think about solutions. It is equally important that scientists as well as policy makers and citizens feel empowered to act upon their desires for a just and inclusive technology. Our three speakers work in multilateral environments: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Working Group on the Guiding Principles to Business and Human Rights, and the activist Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms. They will discuss the growing movement to apply a human-rights based approach — grounded in human rights concepts and settled international law — to AI as opposed to à la carte Tech Ethics, and discuss an integration of a gender perspective into the everyday work of AI design and deployment. This conversation is particularly urgent given the scale at which Automated Decision-Making (ADM) systems and machine learning are being deployed.