IGF 2023 Town Hall #40 AI and Gender: preventing bias, promoting equality

Issue(s)

Non-discrimination in the Digital Space
Rights to Access and Information
Technology in International Human Rights Law

Round Table - 90 Min

Description

While AI can be used to make our daily lives easier and to help solve some of the most pressing societal challenges, research shows unambiguously that AI data sets are ingrained with gender biases. AI can reproduce human prejudice and perpetuate bias, further stigmatising and marginalising women on a
global scale. Therefore, dedicated and systematic effort is essential to counter bias in machine-human interfaces and to ensure that technology does not
amplify societal inequalities and harmful gender stereotypes.
AI systems can facilitate inclusion, diversity and equal treatment. The potential for AI to correct discrimination is undeniable, and can be fully realised through awareness, transparency and oversight. This event aims to explore both the negative impact of AI systems on gender equality, the reasons behind this reality and how to mitigate such risk, as well as the opportunities brought by properly designed and regulated systems for advancing gender equality. The speakers will also share their insights into what kind of global regulatory environment and support initiatives by governments could bring about changes in the right direction.

Ms Louise Riondel and Mr Vadim Pak from the Council of Europe will be present on-site to help moderate the session both on-line and in person, as necessary for optimum quality of the session. The required number of speakers (see above) will be present in person as well.

Organizers

🔒Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (IGO)
The names of moderators:
1. Mr Vadim Pak, policy advisor in the Digital Development Unit and administrator in the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, [email protected]
2. Ms Louise Riondel, policy advisor in the Digital Development Unit and Co-secretary to the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, [email protected]

Speakers

1. Ms Stella RONNER-GRUBAČIĆ – EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity (in person)
2. Ms Alejandra MORA MORA – Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (on-line)
3. Ms Ivana BARTOLETTI - Global Chief Privacy Officer at Wipro, Pamplin Business School at Virginia Tech, the Women Leading in AI Network (on-line)
4. Ms Alessandra SALA - Global President Women in AI, Senior Director of AI and Data Science at Shutterstock (on-line)
5. Ms Arisa EMA – Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, former member of the Council for Social Principles for Human-Centric AI, the Cabinet Office
Japan (in person)

Onsite Moderator

Ms Louise Riondel, policy advisor in the Digital Development Unit and Co-secretary to the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, [email protected]

Online Moderator

Mr Vadim Pak, policy advisor in the Digital Development Unit and administrator in the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, [email protected]

Rapporteur

Ms Louise Riondel, policy advisor in the Digital Development Unit and Co-secretary to the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, [email protected]

SDGs

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


Targets: The cutting edge session with broad multi-stakeholder participation and diverse regional representation is directly relevant to the advancements of "gender equality", "reduced inequalities" and "decent work and economic growth" in both public and private sector, which of course includes "industry, innovation and infrastructure" on the one hand and "peace, justice and strong institutions" on the other.