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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Artificial Benevolence: Updating informed consent in the age of AI

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Informed consent for survey and broader population data is critical to ethical applications of humanitarian intervention, from the use of household surveys to national population data. However, how much of the data we collect is collected by consent, and what does "informed" in the age in AI? While Artificial Intelligence may allow humanitarians to achieve truly meaningful achievements -- to predict and prescribe interventions before the famine or before the outbreak -- is the data behind those future successes ethical? Is data collected for one study but repurposed to train algorithms what those original subjects agreed to? If the platforms we store this data on today are upgraded to incorporate deep learning functions, is that original data fair game? This session aims to explore how data on individuals represents virtual bodies, subject to an interpretation of international law that forbids experimentation, and that even the examination of this data in aggregate does not fulfill our fundamental "do no harm" policies. We ask: what is missing to bring truly informed consent to AI?

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Rob Baker

Director, Signal Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
My professional focus in effective innovation campaigns within larger institutions and the role of emerging technologies for humanitarian response and international development. Particular focuses are on components of AI (i.e., deep learning, machine learning, predictive modeling... Read More →

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Jessica Fjeld

Assistant Director, Cyberlaw Clinic, Harvard
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Vincent Graf Narbel

Strategic Technology Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
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Tomiwa Ilori

Researcher, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
I'm keen on conversations that link international human rights law on ICTs and emerging tech to national human rights policies and am also interested in how digital technologies impact human rights and democratic development in Africa and across the globe.

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Celtic (Palais)