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Artificial Intelligence and Automation and Algorithmic Accountability [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


AI for Justice: Opportunities and limitations to analyzing today's human rights data troves
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
Cyrene (Laico)
Friday, June 14


It's time for a bill of data rights
Data is not a neutral representation of reality and technology is not a neutral tool. They are reflections of power: the power of those who collected the data and those who designed the technology. This power informs the substance of the news we consume, and the manner in which it is parcelled out to the public. It affects what information is made available, and what is hidden. It shapes the norms that have been set around data collection, usage, and privacy, along with the terms of public discourse, the basic health of democracies, and the structure of competition and markets. A new paradigm for understanding data and its uses and consequences is needed. This might draw on environmental analogies—thinking of data as akin to greenhouse gases, where small bits of pollution, individually innocuous, have calamitous collective consequences. Just as large amounts of greenhouse gases cause fundamental damage to the environment, a massive shift in the nature of privacy causes fundamental damage to the social fabric. We will consider how data rights policies can help protect both individual and groups. We will learn about the infrastructure needed to safeguard data rights, including data rights boards, data trusts, specialized data-rights litigators etc.

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Martin Tisné

Managing Director, Luminate

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Zeynep Tufekci

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci is an internationally recognized authority on the interactions between technology and social, cultural, and political dynamics. She has special expertise in how social change movements are using social media and on the social and moral implications... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Oya 1 (Laico)