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Sun, Sep 26


2nd Artificial Intelligence for Information Accessibility (AI4IA) Conference

The AI4IA Conference will ask “What We Know about Our Right to Know" and in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, “The Right to Know- Building Back Better with Access to Information", and the role of inclusive Artificial Intelligence in information accessibility.

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Time & Location

Sep 26, 2021, 1:00 a.m. UTC – Sep 28, 2021, 8:00 p.m. UTC


About the Event

The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), is hosting it's second online one-day conference on 28 September 2021. This event will be hosted in collaboration with the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) and AI for Society (AI4S), both at University of Alberta, Canada, the International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE), Future Africa at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) in ORF, India and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica. It was organised under the auspices of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.

The conference is being organised to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2021 under the global theme, “What We Know about Our Right to Know" and in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, “The Right to Know- Building Back Better with Access to Information."  ​The aim of this specific event is on promoting, but also understanding the barriers to, inclusive artificial intelligence. AI can be very beneficial to society but if abused it can also be very harmful.  The theme therefore raises a range of issues, including the relationship between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Law, AI and Ethics, media and our right to know, creativity and innovation.  It is necessary to understand how AI can be made inclusive, thereby enabling the widest cross-section of society.


To allow for better global participation, wider reach, and greater inclusivity in the program, the conference will follow an "on-demand" format, consisting of two components, hosted on the platform:

  1. Pre-recorded speaker presentations that will be available for on-demand viewing. These will be available for a limited time on the platform and accessible to all regions of the world.
  2. Live Salon Discussions will be scheduled for 28 September. These are interactive sessions intended to simulate the informal networking, thought-provoking discussion, and opportunity for questions that would normally unfold during an in-person conference. In essence, the Salon Discussions will allow speakers and participants to gather on the interactive platform and engage with one another during a set time of 45 minutes. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


International Day for Universal Access to Information focussed on the right to information in times of crisis and on the advantages of having constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information to save lives, build trust and help the formulation of sustainable policies through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

This event will provide a platform for open discourse involving participants from academia, civil society, private sector and government.  For more information on the IDUAI, please visit:


  • 4 hours 45 minutes

    Live Salon Interaction with Speakers (Programme TBC) Pavillions

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

    Broadcast of UNESCO Messages and Keynote Speeches

    Main Conference Room
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