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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Beyond the Hype: AI innovation and human rights in the telecoms sector

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to a category of computer systems which perform tasks more efficiently and make decisions with a degree of autonomy that normally require human intelligence. There is a lot of discussion around “ethical AI” at the moment, which has lead to the publication of several papers, principles and studies recently on the ethical use of AI. The purpose of this panel is to take a pragmatic perspective on how AI technology is being deployed in the telecommunications sector. We will explore the current safeguarding mechanisms on the ethical and rights respecting use of AI in telecommunications, and aim to draw best practise and evaluate whether the current mechanisms are seen as sufficient from stakeholders' perspective. Questions to be addressed: How is AI used inside the telecoms companies and in the customer interface? How can the UNGPs be applied to the design and use of AI? How should corporate transparency be defined in the use of AI? Are there overarching themes in the current corporate principles on the use of AI which could be combined into industry principles?

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Natasha Jackson

Head of Public Policy & Consumer Affairs, GSMA


Lisl Brunner

Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T

Nathalie Maréchal

Senior research analyst, Ranking Digital Rights
Corporate transparency & accountability; surveillance capitalism; targeted advertising business models; artificial intelligence & human rights
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Laura Okkonen

Senior Human Rights Manager, Vodafone
A Business & Human Rights subject matter expert working in the ICT sector. A Finn based in the UK.
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Moira Oliver

Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights, BT
I'm BT's lawyer and head of policy for human rights - responsible for our programme to implement the UNGPs in our business.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Oya 1 (Laico)