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

The 2019 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be officially launching on 28 November, and this is your chance to have a first look at full-length content through this special GISWatch 2019 Sneak Peek!

In partnership with ARTICLE 19 and with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this year’s GISWatch report takes a deep dive into the theme of “Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development”.

The conversation on AI has so far been driven largely by Western and global North perspectives. However, the assumptions, values, incentives, and socioeconomic environments within which AI technologies function vary greatly across jurisdictions. There is no single metric that can be applied to understand properly the successes, pitfalls and effects of AI on societies across the world. The questions remain: what specific and unique issues arise in different contexts? How can we make the conversation around AI more global and inclusive from the outset? What are the human rights implications of the application of AI in specific contexts, with an emphasis on the global South?

The authors of this year’s edition examine the intersection between artificial intelligence and human rights through 40 country reports, three regional reports and eight thematic reports… and this is your chance to get a preview!

In this special 2019 GISWatch Sneak Peek, you can read the following:

  • 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)

To download the 2019 GISWatch Sneak Peek, click here.

Excited for more? Join us at the official GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin on 28 November where the full 2019 GISWatch report will be released in paperback and online. Many authors will be in attendance to present their reports. For more information, click here.