The 'AI for Good Global Summit 2019' will be held on 28-31 May 2019 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The event identifies the leading UN platform for dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI). It is organised by the ITU, in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and other UN agencies. Under the theme 'Accelerating progess towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' the summit aims to identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on the planet.
DiploFoundation will be organising a workshop on Friday 31st May from 14:00 – 14:45, on 'National AI strategies and sustainable development: Taking the next steps towards AI for Good by DiploFoundation' in Room 16, Level -1, International Conference Centre Geneva, Rue de Varembé 13, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
This session engages in a productive discussion on existing national strategies for artificial intelligence. A number of countries have developed or are developing national AI strategies that highlight areas of comparative advantage, areas of national priority, and potential scope for international cooperation. In our discussion, we focus on aspects of sustainable development and ask: what is already in place, what is missing, and what adjustments do we recommend to harness the potential of AI for sustainable development? After initial input from the session organisers, smaller discussion groups will develop their perspectives, keeping regional and local contexts and needs in mind. At the end of the session, we will have produced a list of key points and recommendations that will further the discussion around national AI strategies and country policies with a focus on sustainable development and AI for Good.
Katharina E Höne, Senior lecturer, researcher, and project manager, DiploFoundation
Marília Maciel, Digital policy senior researcher, DiploFoundation
Dr Katharina (Kat) E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection of diplomacy and technology. She was part of a research project on Data Diplomacy: Updating diplomacy to the big data eraand the lead researcher and author of Mapping the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence for the conduct of diplomacy report, both supported by the Ministry for Foreign of Affairs of Finland. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience in teaching international relations at universities in the UK and Germany, and in delivering in-situ, blended, and online training to diplomatic practitioners. Kat holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies (University of Leicester, UK) and a PhD in International Politics (University of Aberystwyth, UK). In her work, she is driven by her aim to level the playing field at international negotiation tables through capacity development, and to provide out-of-the-box thinking and inspiration by drawing on her passion for science-fiction.
Ms Marília Maciel Digital Policy Senior Researcher
Brazilian-born Ms Marília Maciel is currently based in Strasbourg, France. She is involved in several Internet- governance-related projects, notably on the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, and cybersecurity. She also curates the topics of e-commerce, Access and Digital Divide for the GIP Digital Watch Observatory and represents Diplo at various meetings.
Prior to joining Diplo, Ms Marília Maciel was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She served as a councillor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) representing the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). Marília is a former member of the Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (2011–2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). She was also a member of the Multistakeholder Executive Committee of NETmundial and represented CTS/FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She served in the Consultative Chamber on Internet Security and Rights of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).
Marília is a PhD candidate at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, on Information and Communication Sciences. She holds an MA in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008) and a law degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005), where she was awarded a research grant from the State of Pernambuco Research Foundation (FACEPE) to investigate issues related to taxation and electronic commerce.