It is within the framework of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and under the patronage of UNESCO that the first World Forum on AI Ethics, whose theme is “Ensuring inclusion in the world of AI”, will be hosted by the Czech Republic on December 13 in Prague.
Last year, the European Commission reaffirmed the strategic importance of AI for Europe and the need to regulate its use in its various application sectors with a proposal for a new regulation on AI presented on April 21. . That same year, UNESCO published the “Recommendation on AI Ethics”, the first global normative instrument in this field, which was adopted by the 193 Member States on November 25, 2021.
This forum marks an important step in building a strong international Coalition to ensure the ethical development and use of AI worldwide. It will include three main components:
- Ethical development and use of AI in the EU: strengthen national regulatory frameworks and institutions. This session will explore priorities for more effective governance at the national level, examine the complementarities of the UNESCO Recommendation and the emerging EU legal framework and identify opportunities for UNESCO-EU partnership on national reform programs on governance of AI;
- Global collaboration between the EU and UNESCO for the implementation of the recommendation on the ethics of AI: this session will feature Digital Ministers from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. They will lead a discussion on the opportunities presented by promoting AI technologies globally and the challenges of putting in place ethical safeguards to ensure their beneficial use. This section of the forum will build on the collaboration under discussion between the European Commission (INTPA) and the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO for the EU to support their efforts, particularly in Africa, to implement the recommendation;
- Special topics : Parallel sessions will be devoted to exploring the state of AI from different angles – gender equality, environmental protection, preparation and ethical impact assessments, transparency and non-discrimination.
The forum will begin with the interventions of:
- Jan Lipavsky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, representing the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union;
- Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO;
- Mario Nava, Director General, Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) (virtual).
Setting the Stage: Staying Ahead of Ethical AI
- UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO;
- Ensuring an ethical path for AI, Stuart J. Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley (virtual).
The ministerial session will then focus on global collaboration for the implementation of the Unesco AI Ethical Recommendation
Building institutional infrastructures for ethical AI
- President and Moderator: Ivan BartosDeputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Minister for Regional Development of the Czech Republic.
- Participants: Ministers from EU and third countries.
Countries represented: Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Ecuador, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic, Slovenia and CAF (Latin American Development Bank).
During the afternoon, two round tables of experts will be organised:
The first will have as its theme: “Ensuring Inclusion, Transparency and Non-Discrimination in AI through the Readiness Assessment Methodology”.
The moderator will be David LeslieDirector of Research on Ethics and Responsible Innovation, Alan Turing Institute, the speakers:
- Elizabeth M. RenierisSenior Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI;
- David ReichelJustice, Digital and Migration Unit, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA);
- Ravi NaickLegal Director at AWO;
- Alžběta Solarczyk KrausováLawyer at the Department of Private Law of the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences;
- Lorena Jaume-PalasiFounder of The Ethical Tech Society (virtual);
- Sandra WachterProfessor and Senior Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (virtual).
The second will be about “Ensure multi-stakeholder engagement in evolving ethical impact”
The moderator will be Marek HavrdaDeputy Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic, the speakers:
- John Shawe-TaylorDirector of the International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI);
- Nayat Sanchez-PiDirector of the Center, French Institute for Computer Science Research (Inria), Chile;
- Marek RosaCEO and Founder, GoodAI;
- Radim PolcakDirector of the Institute of Law and Technology of Masaryk University, Faculty of Law in Brno, Czech Republic;
- Juha HeikkilaArtificial Intelligence Adviser, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission;
- Elham TabassiChief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA (virtual);
- Peter-Paul VerbeekPresident of UNESCO COMEST and Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam (virtual);
- Lynn H. Kaackassistant professor of computer science and public policy at the Hertie School, and co-founder and president of Climate Change AI (virtual).
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Event: The first Global Forum on AI Ethics will take place on December 13 in Prague
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