On September 19, AlgorithmWatch and thee World Federalist Movement / Institute of Global Policy's Transnational Working Group on AI hosted an online discussion. The video recording is available here:
So-called Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a fact of life. It is impacting a very wide variety of sectors, driving investment and research – but some serious problems need to be addressed. Administrations employ AI to automate the welfare state, often with dire results, and companies are using it to manipulate the users of systems, in some instances opening the door to bad actors trying to subvert the electoral process and undermine democracy.
Some countries and regions have therefore proposed far-reaching regulation, the European Union and China among them, while many, like the US, are hesitant or outright hostile. So, should AI be regulated? And if so, should that be at the national level, or should some aspects at least be addressed at the global level? On what principles should such regulation be based? Have the views of the global south been properly reflected in the current principles that have been developed? How should any global governance of AI and platforms be organized?
The quest of AI regulation will start to be addressed in a Global Digital Compact currently being prepared for the Summit of the Future in September 2023. The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology has organized a consultation on this Compact. Hear the AI related issues debated by a panel of experts:
- Gabriella Razzano, Executive Director, OpenUp, Cape Town
- Valeria Milanes, Executive Director, Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), Buenos Aires
- Matthias Spielkamp, Executive Director AlgorithmWatch, Berlin
- Moderator: Robert Whitfield, Chair of the WFM/IGP’s Transnational Working Group on AI