Internet Governance Forum 2020: Strengthening Implementation Capacities for AI Ethics

November 5, 2020

How can ethical principles for AI be implemented? How do we translate high-level principles into policies? What kind of human and institutional capacities are needed to govern AI?

These are some of the questions that Nicolas Miailhe, our Founder and President, together with other global experts from national, regional and international organizations working on the governance of AI, has answered during this Internet Governance Forum session.

The event included broad audience participants and welcomed inputs from diverse countries; it helped raise awareness about how national AI strategies can help countries navigate the rise of AI, to capture the benefits, build capacities, while ensuring governance and ethical precautions.

This event was moderated by Ms. Sasha Rubel, UNESCO and attended by distinguished speakers such as:

  • Dafna Feinholz, UNESCO
  • Léonard Bouchet, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • Jed Horner, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • Jan Kleijssen, Council of Europe 
  • Clara Neppel, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Sophie Peresson, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 
  • Karine Perset, OECD
  • Benjamin Prud’homme, Quebec Institute for Artificial Intelligence (MILA) 
  • Sally Radwan, Arab League Working Group on AI (Egypt)

“For societies to capture the upsides and minimize the downsides of the AI revolution, capacity building should be our central focus. Our institutions are simply not equipped to deal with the ethical and governance challenges the rise of massive algorithmic correlation systems poses. Capacity-building has to be built at the intersection of AI literacy -generalized and specialized-, cultural and technical institution building. It has to be both local and global, to enable effective self-government. Given the challenge that effort represents, a vibrant international civil society can play a key role to spur and foster innovation both outside and inside institutions, acting as change agents. Philanthropy should organize itself to increase support and funding to such change agents strategically positioned to help seed and/or scale innovative hybrid models that are too risky to be supported by the markets, and too disruptive/subversive to be supported by traditional government instruments. Philanthropy should also support change agents that strive to build public-private-people partnerships to develop and administer the required “cocktails” of self, soft, and hard regulatory frameworks and protocols”.

Nicolas Miailhe

The recording of the event can be found on Youtube here.