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Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights and Ethics - 7 December 2020

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The second 2030 Digital Fasttrack Studio will explore Artificial Intelligence and its interplay with Human Rights and Ethics.

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The adoption of AI has significantly accelerated over the last five years due to the diffusion of digital technologies and major breakthroughs in algorithmic capabilities, access to richer data, and increasing computing power. The aim of the second studio is to analyze how the underlying mechanisms of AI challenge existing ethical Standards and Human Rights and how innovative approaches are needed to reconcile them in order to unleash the enormous potential of AI and simultaneously to boost innovation, ethical conduct and respect for Human Rights.



  • Lorna McGregor:  Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project at the University of Essex

  • Steve Crown: Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, Head of the Human Rights team at Microsoft and Member of Microsoft’s AETHER - AI, Ethics, and Effects in Engineering and Research - Committee

  • Sasha Rubel:  Programme specialist in the Digital Innovation and Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO


  • Jean-Yves Art: Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at Microsoft


2030 Digital Fasttrack Studios (DFS)

The Studios bring together representatives from the United Nations agencies, permanent missions, academia, civil society, and the private sector. With a focus on four global goals: SDG4 (Education), SDG8 (Decent Jobs and Economic Growth), SDG13 (Climate Change), and SDG16 (Peace, Justice & Institutions), the studios series provide a policy engagement forum for stakeholders to identify pragmatic opportunities for digital transformations and policies to fast track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.


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