IGF 2022 Day 0 Event #27 Regulatory challenges of addressing advanced technologies (AI and metaverse)

Council of Europe
Vadim Pak – Council of Europe – International Organisation –Western Europe
Rodica Ciochina - Council of Europe

Speakers

Jan Kleijssen, Director of the Information Society – Action against Crime Directorate of the Council of Europe
Gregor Strojin, Head of Delegation of Slovenia and the Vice Chair of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe
Yoichi Iida, Deputy Director-General for G7 and G20 Relations in the Global Strategy Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan
Marisa Jimenez Martin, Director and Deputy Head of Meta
Professor Alain Berthoz, member of the French Academy of Sciences and French Academy of Technologies
Ambassador Thomas Schneider, Head of Delegation of Switzerland and the Chair of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe

Onsite Moderator

Vadim Pak, Council of Europe; Rodica Ciochina, Council of Europe

Online Moderator

Vadim Pak, Council of Europe

Rapporteur

tbc

SDGs

4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Targets: New and emerging technologies, such as AI and Metaverse, clearly have the potential to enable humanity to leap forward in terms of science, technologies and business. It can also help societies to organise themselves more efficiently and provide better service to their citizens. Given the scale of societal changes that such technologies result in, a reflection is necessary on the nature and the extent of an appropriate framework to ensure transparency and accountability regarding the operation of these technologies.

Format

Open forum

Language

English

Description

The principles behind AI and the realisation of its potential as technology have been known and discussed for a considerable time, but it is the relatively recent availability of “big data” which has allowed for AI to take centre stage in discussions on how we could and should interact with and use this form of very advanced technology.
AI is a very promising technology that can enable humanity to make great strides forward in terms of science and business, or help societies to organise themselves more efficiently and provide better service to their citizens.
Yet at the same time, this technology can take humanity to a very dystopic place – a truly “Big Brother” society where human rights and fundamental freedoms are trampled underfoot; where democratic processes are ruthlessly manipulated; where the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of algorithm.
We need to ensure that AI remains a force for good. That AI is always designed, developed, and applied in a way which respects human dignity – in short which is human, not machine, centred.
How should a legally enforceable international regulation look like, particularly in relation to those aspects of AI which touch directly or indirectly on human rights, democracy and rule of law.
Such a suitably balanced legally binding framework, open to all like-minded States of the World must be elaborated with the help of multi-stakeholder engagement.
In addition to the multi-stakeholder approach for a common framework, the rapid evolution of technology, including AI systems does require also a multidisciplinary methodology.
The Metaverse is one example of a new generation of media platforms supported by AI technology, which is currently undergoing rapid developments. The Metaverse with its potential for total immersion in an alternative universe – besides all the fun parts – comes with a whole set of issues relating to rule of law and human rights. Which laws apply? What impact does such an innovative technology have on the human brain and where can it lead? How to deal with the literacy part for the best use of such a technology in full respect of human rights and dignity, while ensuring the observance of the rule of law and democratic principles.
How to address these and other concerns without stifling technological innovation – while promoting and protecting the human rights and freedoms of all individuals, not just in Europe but around the World?

The session introduction will be presented on-line.
The break-out groups could be run hybrid if IGF provides technical facilities. Otherwise, the organisers could hold the breakout session in-person and online in parallel.
The in-person breakout would be facilitated by CoE staff and speakers present at IGF, while the online session would be facilitated by additional staff and remaining speakers participating online.
A closing round to collect feedback from the in-person and online breakout sessions will be held in the plenary in hybrid format.
During the plenary session short questions will seek to involve in-person and online participants.
A moderator will facilitate the chat session and raise comments during the plenaries. The breakout groups will use a online blackboard to take notes of discussions, which can be made available in the plenary feedback round.