What are the human rights impacts of artificial intelligence around the world? Get a sneak peek of the 2019 edition of GISWatch

31 October 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented attention as it finds widespread 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” in so-called “undeveloped” regions? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised people and the poor? APC addresses these issues in the 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), which will be launching at the IGF in Berlin, on 28 November.

This edition of 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, Jamaica, India and Ukraine, as well as three regional reports (on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean). These are framed by eight thematic reports dealing with topics such as data governance, food sovereignty, AI in the workplace, feminism and AI, and so-called “killer robots”. 

Would you like a peek into this edition before it officially launches? 

Check out our Sneak Peek, where you will find:

  • Introduction to the Thematic Reports by Vidushi Marda (ARTICLE 19)

  • Thematic report: “Decolonising AI: A transfeminist approach to data and social justice” by Coding Rights (Brazil)

  • Thematic report: Radicalising the AI governance agenda by IT for Change (India)

  • Introduction to the country and regional reports by Alan Finlay (APC)  

  • Country report: “Data protection in the age of big data in the Republic of Korea” by Jinbonet (Republic of Korea) 

  • Country report: “AI technologies for responsive local governments in South Africa” by the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)

Would you like to know more?
  • Join us at the official GISWatch launch at the IGF in Berlin on 28 November, where the full report will be released in paperback and online. Many authors will be in attendance to present their reports. 

  • Read more on the GISWatch website.

  • Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on @apc_news and through the #GISWatch and #AIandHumanRights hashtags.

  • For interviews with the authors, coverage and other press inquiries, contact Leila Nachawati, APC’s media outreach lead: leila@apc.org  

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