IGF 2019 WS #225 AI Trustworthiness & The Role of Internet Governance

Organizer 1: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: Imane Bello, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Ansgar Koene, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Yik Chan Chin, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

1. What are the opportunities and implications associated with AI?
2. What are the Internet policy and regulatory matters associated with trustworthy AI?
3. What Internet governance approaches might be considered regarding AI to help the creation of environment in which will provide confidence and trustworthiness for all stakeholders?

Relevance to Theme: As AI innovations continue to be developed and even start to enter today’s regulatory processes, the IGF community is considering whether data governance policy changes are needed to address the trustworthiness of AI, making the topic of this panel directly relevant to data governance.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Internet governance approaches will make or break AI advancements around the globe, dictating access to infrastructure and data for AI innovators and AI innovations, and governing what trustworthiness means in the context of AI.


Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min

Description: Machine learning and artificial intelligence/augmented intelligence (AI), powered by streams of data and advanced algorithms, have incredible potential to improve countless consumer and enterprise use cases. Yet, applications of AI have also given rise to a variety of potential effects and challenges to consider, including notice/consent, bias, inclusion, transparency and digital due process, and law enforcement access to data, among others. As AI innovations continue to be developed and even start to enter today’s regulatory processes, the IGF community is appropriately considering whether Internet governance policy changes are needed to address trustworthiness.

This workshop will provide diverse viewpoints on how Internet governance can help make AI “trustworthy” and the different steps are needed to foster trust, including: protecting privacy and personal data, enhancing cybersecurity, being transparent about problems and bias, respecting human rights, and lifecycle design for safety and diversity.

This session will feature diverse viewpoints from across the IGF community to advance the public conversation on the role of Internet governance with respect to AI trustworthiness, and will conclude with calls to action to the IGF community towards realizing trustworthy AI.

Expected Outcomes: At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
1. Understand the opportunities and implications, and Internet governance policy and regulatory matters associated, with AI trustworthiness.
2. Appreciate how OTT players and other stakeholders offering app services can (and where they are not, should) take steps to address concerns related to AI trustworthiness (e.g., security, safety, and privacy of the consumer).
3. Identify differing viewpoints regarding Internet governance approaches regarding AI to help the creation of environment in which all stakeholders are able to prosper and thrive
4. Understand Internet governance approaches (including at the local and international level) to AI and these governance approaches’ relationship to realizing the benefits of AI.

Discussion Facilitation: 

For each of the areas of interest, introductory short presentations/remarks by experts will provide basic knowledge and discuss important trade-offs. The moderator will ensure the active participation of the audience, who will be able to intervene and ask questions to the experts. Sufficient time will be given to online participants to ask questions, by the online participator. Following these initial interventions, the roundtable will get to the heart of the debate, guided by the moderator who will begin by giving an opportunity to online and in-person participants to pose questions and discuss views on the strategies presented. The moderator will guide the debate on investment strategies with the goal of finding common ground between views brought forward. In addition to the background documents and papers that will be prepared ahead of the IGF, additional articles of interest, reference materials and social media conversations will be published and distributed ahead of the workshop. The moderator and organizing team will work with speakers in advance as to ensure the quality and the content of the discussion.

Online Participation: 

The online moderator will encourage remote participation through various social networking platforms in addition to the platform provided by the IGF Secretariat. After the first round of interventions, the discussion section of the roundtable will open up with an invitation to online participants to weigh in on strategies discussed and pose questions to the speakers. The organizing team will work to promote the activity on social media, and will specially invite applicants from their grants and awards programs interested in Community Networks to join the session and share questions ahead of the debate. Online participants will be given priority to speak, and their participation will be encouraged by the online and in-person moderators.


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