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Friday, June 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
AI and Privacy: Challenges and ways forward in the Global South

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AI has been recognized as an enabler of the SDGs supporting States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. However, the deployment of AI in the Global South faces challenges and may bring about particular risks to the enjoyment of human rights, including the right to privacy. One key problem is that most of the debates around the opportunities and challenges afforded by AI are taking place in fora reflecting the views, experiences and interests of stakeholders from the Global North. Moreover, many countries lack institutional and legal frameworks for dealing with AI-related privacy threats. These and others factors can be major roadblocks for deployments of AI that respect and promote the right to privacy. This roundtable will map challenges to the right to privacy brought about by AI in the Global South, addressing questions such as: what legal and institutional safeguards need to be in place to reign in privacy risks? How can data-driven approaches augment social and economic development while protecting the privacy of all individuals? How can local, community-driven solutions be supported? It also will connect key actors and identify the next steps to be taken.


Tim Engelhardt

OHCHR (UN Human Rights)
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Arthur Gwagwa

Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore University (CIPIT)
Arthur is currently working on a project funded by the Open Technology Fund. The project will detect, document, and analyze current and emerging cyber threats with a long term goal to mitigate their impact on users at risk in specific Sub-Saharan African countries especially around... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Hannibal (Laico)