Abstract Pathway

AI4IA

Artificial Intelligence

for Information Accessibility

Monday, September 28, 2020

About the Event

We are delighted to inform you that The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), is hosting an online one-day conference on 28 September 2020. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) at the University of Alberta, Canada, and the International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE). It is 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 theme of the conference will be Inclusive AI with topics addressing information accessibility. The conference is being organised to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2020 under the global theme, “Saving Lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope”.

 

International Day for Universal Access to Information will focus 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.

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. It is therefore necessary to understand how AI can be made
inclusive, thereby enabling the widest cross-section of society.
 

This event will provide a platform for open discourse involving participants from academia, civil society, private sector and government.

For further details, kindly send your requests to: ai4iaconference@gmail.com. For event specifics, and to register for the event, please RSVP below.

Program

Note: the following event will be hosted during Mountain Time / GMT/UTC -6. (For South Africa/Zimbabwe/Paris, this is an 8 hour difference – GMT +2).

  OPENING                                                                           09h00, 28 September 2020

Theme: Situating context of the IDUAI

Session Chair: Cordel Green

SAADIA SANCHEZ VEGAS

Director: UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica

HUBERT GIJZEN

Director: UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for Southern Africa

​DOROTHY GORDON 

Chair, UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP)

JANDHYALA PRABHAKAR RAO

Director, India Centre of Excellence in Information Ethics (ICEIE), School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad 

 

 

 

Theme: Artificial Intelligence for Information Accessibility

 

Session Chair: Cordel Green

EDSON PRESTES

Member, UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation; Member, UNESCO AHEG for the Recommendation on the Ethics of AI; Head, Robotics Research Group, Informatics Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil​

WENDELL WALLACH

AI governance, Yale Interdisciplinary Centre for Bio-Ethics, Hastings Centre, USA

KATE KALLOT

Head of AI Ecosystems, Arm, USA

HOWARD NYE

Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada

  SESSION 1                                                                           09h20, 28 September 2020

 

 

 

Theme: AI as an enabler in accessibility and accessible education

Session Chair: Geoffrey Rockwell

COETZEE BESTER

IFAP SA Chair, South Africa

PEDRO HARTUNG

Phd, director of Alana NGO, Harvard Law, UNICEF working group member, USA

      &

ISABELLA HENRIQUES

Lawyer, Executive Director of Alana Institute, PhD student, Master in Law, Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum Foundation, Executive Leader in Early Childhood by the Center on the Developing Child and Member of the Council of the Ombudsman of the State Public Defender's Office, USA

MIKE SHEBANEK

Head of Accessibility at Facebook, USA

  SESSION 2                                                                           10h30, 28 September 2020

 

 

 

Theme: AI and Digital Technologies implications for human rights, justice & inclusive development

Session Chair: Erica Simmons

ISABELA FERRARI

Judge of the Federal Court, Jurist and PhD candidate, Brazil

JOAN BARATA

Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society, Stanford University, USA

JILL CLAYTON

Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Canada

FATIMA ROUMATE

Professor of the International Law at Mohammed V University, President of the International Institute of Scientific Research in Marrakech, Member of the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence UNESCO, Morocco

  SESSION 3                                                                           11h30, 28 September 2020

 

 

 

Theme: Mis/Dis/Mal-information and AI for both a tool and a remedy

Session Chair: Jared Bielby

LAZARUS DOKORA

Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe

ANTHONY CLAYTON

Chairman - Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies, West Indies

DIOGO CORTIZ

PhD Professor at PUC-SP; Researcher at NIC.br, Visiting Researcher at Queen Mary University

  SESSION 4                                                                           13h00, 28 September 2020

 

 

 

Theme: Health rights and access to information-a reflection on the Covid-19 crisis

Session Chair: Geoffrey Rockwell

NIDHI HEGDE

Department of Computing Science and Amii, University of Alberta, Canada

WENDEL ABEL

University of the West-Indies; Project Lead, Partnership for the Promotion of Patients' Rights in Maternal, Neo-natal and Infant Health (MNIH)

  SESSION 5                                                                          14h00, 28 September 2020

 

Closing and Summary

RACHEL FISCHER

International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE), South Africa

CORDEL GREEN

Chairman of the UNESCO IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility

  CLOSING                                                                         15h00, 28 September 2020

 

 

CORDEL GREEN

Chairperson, IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), Jamaica

RACHEL FISCHER

International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE), South Africa

ERIN KLAZAR

Member, IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), South Africa

GEOFFREY ROCKWELL

Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada

CASEY GERMAIN

Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada

JARED BIELBY

Chair, International Centre for Information Ethics, Canada

  Organising Committee                                      

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