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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lightning Talks: Exploring the complex world of artificial intelligence

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When AI for good goes bad (Access Now)

Description: In this lightning talk, I will present the European artificial intelligence policy debate and debunk the buzzwords around it: I'll touch on the political and substantive components with a primary focus on Europe but including global examples. As one of the members, I'll present the work of the EU's High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. This will include a short summary and a critique of the published Ethics Guidelines on Trustworthy AI and the status of the remaining deliverable of the group. I will summarize Access Now's policy recommendations on artificial intelligence and human rights.

Speaker: Fanny Hidvégi

Let’s pry open that black box together! How we crowdsourced an external audit of Germany’s most powerful credit scoring system - and why the scoring company didn't love us for it (AlgorithmWatch)

In this Lightning Talk, I'd like to present how we scrutinized Germany’s leading credit scoring company, SCHUFA. SCHUFA has immense power over people’s lives; whether with regard to loan or credit card applications, acceptance of post-paid calling plans, housing allocation or Internet contracts. But what if your SCHUFA score is low because there are mistakes in your credit history data? Or if the score is calculated by a mathematical model that is flawed? To find out, we started a large crowdsourcing experiment, asking people to donate money to make the whole thing possible, to request their SCHUFA scores (which the company is required by law to send them) - and to "donate" their scores to us, so we can analyze them – and they did! I will provide details about how we set up the campaign, the technology we developed, how the cooperation with partners worked – especially the journalists we teamed up with and why this was a secret to success – but also our own shortcomings and mistakes. I will show our hilarious campaign video! And I will discuss all of this with the participants in an interactive way.

Matthias Spielkamp

AI and Human Rights: dilemma of host countries and AI giant companies (Iranian Central Bar Association)

Description: In 2018 many documents and report tried to answer to the question "Can the international human rights framework effectively inform, shape, and govern AI research, development, and deployment"? The primary duty bearers of human rights are States. Principally, states are not responsible strictly for private actions of private persons or entities. State responsibility may arise where the State fails to fulfill its obligation to protect its people or the people under its jurisdiction.The duty of the State to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business enterprises, through appropriate policies, regulation and adjudication, and the need for greater access by victims to effective remedy, both judicial and non judicial. International human rights law does not explicitly require States to police business activities outside their national jurisdiction. The rights holders of human rights are individuals finding themselves within the jurisdiction of the State parties. With regard to above mentioned legal arguments the solution is drafting national laws with regard to human rights values for applying more control on such AI giant companies. what we can call "Human Rights By Design."

Speaker: Ameneh Dehshiri

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Ameneh Dehshiri

Lawyer, PhD. International Human Rights law
Iranian digital rights researcher
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Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →
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Fanny Hidvégi

European Policy Manager, Access Now
Fanny (@infofannny) is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S. data transfers. For three years Fanny led the Freedom... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
The BeeHive (Palais)