2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised people and the poor?

This edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) provides a perspective from the global South on the application of AI to our everyday lives. It includes 40 country reports from countries as diverse as Benin, Argentina, India, Russia and Ukraine, as well as three regional reports. These are framed by eight thematic reports dealing with topics such as data governance, food sovereignty, AI in the workplace, and so-called “killer robots”.

While pointing to the positive use of AI to enable rights in ways that were not easily possible before, this edition of GISWatch highlights the real threats that we need to pay attention to if we are going to build an AI-embedded future that enables human dignity.

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  • Nodo TAU
  • Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Department of Media and Communication, Swinburne University
  • Deakin University School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Australian Privacy Foundation
  • Bytesforall Bangladesh
  • POPDEV Bénin
  • Instituto de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia do Recife (IP.rec)
  • University of Toronto
  • Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen, Universidad de Chile, Fundación Datos Protegidos
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • Karisma Foundation
  • Mesh Bukavu Network
  • Cooperativa Sulá Batsú
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
  • Internet Society
  • SHOAW Gambia
  • Centre for the Internet and Human Rights (CIHR), European University Viadrina
  • Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Independent, ARTICLE 19
  • Eurovisioni
  • Mona ICT Policy Centre (MICT), The University of the West Indies
  • NBO Legal Hackers
  • Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
  • University of Livingstonia
  • New Zealand Law Foundation Artificial Intelligence and Law Project, Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, University of Otago
  • Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan
  • IPANDETEC (Panama & Central America)
  • Hiperderecho
  • SHARE Foundation
  • Human Sciences Research Council
  • United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS), Macau and Thailand
  • iGmena
  • Hun Consultancy
  • Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
  • University of Greenwich
  • Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed)