HRBDT at panel on Protecting Privacy, Free Expression and Democracy

On 16 April 2019, Lorna McGregor moderated a multi-stakeholder discussion panel on “Protecting Privacy, Free Expression and Democracy”, at The Future of Human-Centered AI: Governance Innovation and Protection of Human Rights Conference, hosted by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi).

The panel featured speakers representing intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society including Jovan Kurbalija (United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation); Peter Micek (Access Now); Andy O’Connell (Facebook) and Kit Walsh (Electronic Frontier Foundation).

The panel discussed the risks artificial intelligence applications pose to privacy, free expression, and the disruption of democracy as well as the wider threat to all human rights. The panel also discussed how these rights can be protected without introducing more risks, and the frameworks needed to do so. Other issues raised in the panel included questions about when and why AI applications are being used in decisions and the safeguards in place, decisions to use AI applications as a policy or governance choice, steps that social media companies are taking, expectations of democratic institutions, and the challenge for academic research in this area, and possibilities for the individual user to have greater control.

Please see here for more information on the panel, including a video recording.