IGF 2021 Parliamentary Track: AI governance: automated decision-making and human-centric approaches

Thursday, 4th November, 2021 (12:00 UTC) - Thursday, 4th November, 2021 (13:30 UTC)


Session description

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now at the core of multiple digital services and products, from guiding our online experiences to powering smart devices. Some of the choices we now make in the digital space – from what we read to what we buy – are influenced (to various degrees) by AI algorithms, often in ways that we are not aware of or do not fully understand. Algorithms also influence (or even determine) some of the decisions others make about us: AI-based systems are used in decision-making processes across a wide range of areas, including recruitment, banking and finances (e.g. whether to grant someone a loan), management of social services benefits, and the judiciary system. 

In this session of the IGF 2021 parliamentary track, we will start with a general discussion on the promises and perils of AI and the associated governance challenges. We will then focus on the issue of AI-enabled decision-making processes, exploring questions such as: What are the benefits and the risks of using AI in decision-making processes? How do we make sure that decisions made with the use of algorithms do not result in discrimination, harmful stereotypes, and wider social inequality? What does it take to ensure that human rights are not an after-thought in the context of AI-based decision-making? And what is the role that regulation/legislation can or should play in answering these questions and ensuring that human rights are not an after-thought in the context of AI-based decision-making?



  • Richard Benjamins, Chief AI & Data Strategist, Telefonica
  • Laura Galindo | AI Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Lorena Jaume Palasi | Founder and Executive Director, The Ethical Tech Society


  • Jovan Kurbalija | Executive Director, Diplo & Head, Geneva Internet Platform



This session is dedicated to members of parliaments and parliamentary staff. Registration is required and can be done via this online form.