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This text presents comments and observations provided by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in response to the interim report draft published by the United Nations’ Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence.

APC understands there is a global governance deficit in relation to artificial intelligence (AI) and firmly reiterates that human rights should be at the centre of any improvements looking forward. In particular, the rights of women and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as those of marginalised communities and groups, should lead decision making in this area, so that the benefits of AI are proportionally distributed, and its risks do not immoderately target specific individuals and groups. 

With the above in mind, we propose the following comments for the Interim Report: Governing AI for Humanity to better address, with a gender perspective, how we can harness the potential benefits of AI for humanity, the risks and challenges that AI presents now and in the foreseeable future, and the current global governance deficit regarding AI. 

First, we provide remarks on the general report, followed by feedback to the three main specific sections (“Opportunities and Enablers”, “Risks and Opportunities” and “Guiding Principles and Institutional Functions for AI Global Governance”).

Download the full submission here.