Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
The Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights brought together a wide array of experts across sectors for two days - linking policy makers, Foreign Service officials from across the globe with multilateral organizations and members of the European and German tech and academic community. The goal of the workshop was to connect global AI Governance to the practical implementation of AI Good.
On day 1, participants learned from Member of Parliament, Tobias B. Bacherle, and the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology (Moritz Carl Fromageot, Mehdi Snene) on the global processes around AI, digital cooperation and Internet Governance and later explored how to make AI principles actionable to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strengthen human rights globally.
This was followed by numerous interactive and lively incubator sessions - organized by practitioners showcasing their current AI projects on public health, education, tackling digital disinformation in light of the super election year 2024, and many others. The incubator sessions were conducted in cooperation with Health AI, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI), Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, UNICEF, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Capgemini Invent, SUPERRR Lab, FemAI - Center for Feminist Artificial Intelligence, and the WFP Innovation Accelerator. Prof. Joanna Bryson (Hertie School) concluded day 1 with a keynote on how to turn global AI Governance principles into action in practice.
Focusing on the diplomatic processes at UN level ahead, day 2 kicked off with an AI practitioners’ training focusing on ethical trade-offs of using AI in recruitment processes and discussed implications for different policy choices. This was followed by a discussion on the participants’ positions and alignment on a way forward for the Global Digital Compact (GDC).
The Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights hopes to serve as a basis for intensified global collaboration and cross-regional and interdisciplinary exchange on AI for the SDGs.
This invite-only event was co-hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).