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Wednesday, June 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
AI for Justice: Opportunities and limitations to analyzing today's human rights data troves

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The session will feature an engaging discussion with experts and the audience regarding the evolving challenge of how to document and promote accountability for violations of international law in the world of Facebook and YouTube. Still equipped with primarily traditional tools, international justice institutions have had difficulty navigating the digital deluge of data to take advantage of social media's offer of wider access to truth. In Syria, the efforts of civil society, journalists, and human rights defenders have resulted in what is today the most documented conflict in history. But with millions of videos in their collection, it may take investigators years or decades to comb through and identify key evidence. This is where new technologies can help. By strategically applying artificial intelligence, computer vision, and metadata analysis methods to sort, identify, preserve, and analyze documentation of abuses and potential war crimes, investigators can be empowered to effectively convert their data troves into actionable evidence, which will be essential to promoting justice for victims. This session will explore such possibilities, as well as the challenges and ethical concerns inherent in leveraging AI, regardless of the good intentions behind its application.


Shabnam Mojtahedi

I am a lawyer focused on rule of law and human rights in the MENA region. At Benetech, I am leading efforts to apply artificial intelligence to help civil society organizations pursue justice and accountability in Syria and beyond.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Cyrene (Laico)