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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
The Ghost in the Machine: Remedy for algorithmic discrimination

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Our goal is to prompt new thinking on the topic of remedy for AI, with a focus on those harmed by algorithmic discrimination. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provide a useful framework for businesses as they consider how to develop ethical AI. However, the issue that often receives the least attention is what remedy should be provided to those who are harmed. Generally, the business and human rights field struggles with this question, and AI raises particularly thorny issues due to challenges of causality and scale. This session focuses on the complexities of providing remedy under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles), focusing on two scenarios involving algorithms used for content takedowns that have discriminatory effects. We will be crafting these scenarios based on real-life situations, but will anonymize them for RightsCon. The UN Guiding Principles call for remedy to be provided by governments but also by companies that cause or contribute to an adverse human rights impact. Remedy is often called “the forgotten pillar” by business and human rights experts. We seek to “remedy” this omission.

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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Clinical Attorney, Harvard Law School
I am a Clinical Attorney at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Lecturer this year at the UC Davis School of Law. My clinical teacher and scholarship focus on the regulation of the internet as a cross-border phenomenon and on the human rights impacts of internet-based... Read More →

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Brittan Heller

Senior Associate, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is the founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights, an innovation lab for human and civil rights... Read More →
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Amy Lehr

Director, Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Amy K. Lehr is the director of the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-DC think tank. Amy came to CSIS after a decade with Foley Hoag LLP’s unique corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. In this role, she... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
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