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AI4IA

Artificial Intelligence

for Information Accessibility

Monday, September 28, 2020

About the Event

The UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA), hosted an online one-day conference on 28 September 2020. This event was 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 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 theme of the conference was 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 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.

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 provided a platform for open discourse involving participants from academia, civil society, private sector and government.

Report

Program

  OPENING 

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, Harare, Zimbabwe

​DOROTHY GORDON 

Chair: UNESCO Information For All Programme (IFAP), Ghana

JANDHYALA PRABHAKAR RAO

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

 

 

 

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

Emeritus Chair, Technology and Ethics studies, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center; Senior Scholar, The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, USA

KATE KALLOT

Head of AI Ecosystems, Arm, UK

 

 

  SESSION 1  

 

 

 

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, Brazil

      &

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, Brazil

MIKE SHEBANEK

Head of Accessibility at Facebook, USA

  SESSION 2   

 

 

 

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

Session Chair: Erica Simmons

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

JOAN BARATA

Intermediary Liability Fellow, Program on Platform Regulation, Cyber Policy Center at Stanford University, USA

JILL CLAYTON

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Canada

ISABELA FERRARI

Brazilian Federal Judge, Phd candidate (UERJ), New Law Institute Academic Coordinator, Harvard Law School Visiting Researcher, The Future Society Advisor, Brazil

  SESSION 3     

 

 

 

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, Jamaica

DIOGO CORTIZ

Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-S), Researcher at NIC.br, Brazil

  SESSION 4 

 

 

 

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 Fellow at Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, University of Alberta, Canada

WENDEL ABEL

Professor Mental Health Policy, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.  Project Lead, Partnership for the Promotion of Patients Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health (PPR), Jamaica

  SESSION 5 

  SESSION 6    

 

 

Theme: Young Researchers' perspective on AI4IA

Session Chair: Geoffrey Rockwell

KATRINA INGRAM

University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts, MACT program, Canada

KOFI YEBOAH

Communications and Technology Department, Faculty of Arts at University of Alberta, Canada

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, Jamaica

  CLOSING

 

 

CORDEL GREEN

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

ERICA SIMMONS

Member, IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility (WGIA) & Executive Director, Centre for Digital Innovation, Caribbean Maritime University, 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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