How much autonomy should AI and robots have to make decisions on our behalf and about us in our life, work and play? How do we ensure they can be trusted, and that they are transparent, reliable, accountable and well designed?

These and other issues relating to the use of AI will be explored in a special Town Hall Session at the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2022) on 30 November 2022.

IFIP President Anthony Wong will join with Shamika Sirimanne, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Technology & Logistics, Head of the Secretariat to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) and Edward Santow, former Human Rights Commissioner of Australia, Professor and Co-Director of the Human Technology Institute, UTS to form the session panel.

The topic for the session will be “Ethics and Regulation of Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence”. The discussion will seek to provide insights into the ethical practice of AI and upcoming regulatory initiatives, including highlights from the developing country perspective, the emerging technology discourses and recommendations on human rights, and a call to action to address the risks and challenges arising from the use and actions of AI, autonomous and intelligent systems. 

The 17th IGF, under the overarching theme “Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future”, will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28 November to 2 December 2022. The meeting program is guided by five themes drawn from the Global Digital Compact in the UN Secretary-General’s “Our Common Agenda” report. 

For more information, visit the IGF website