IGF 2023 WS #246 Navigating the Human-Centric Approach to AI Governance

Organizer 1: Carolina Aguerre, 🔒Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
Organizer 2: Gry Hasselbalch, DataEthics.eu
Organizer 3: francesco lapenta, John Cabot University

Speaker 1: Bertoni Eduardo, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Yuko Harayama, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Carolina Botero, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Angella Ndaka, Civil Society, African Group


Gry Hasselbalch, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Carolina Aguerre, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Carolina Aguerre, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the conceptual and policy foundations of the human-centric approach?
What are the strengths and shortcomings for the current AI governance challenges that lie ahead?
How is it being discussed and implemented in different contexts?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The session aims to enhance the understanding of human-centric approaches to AI governance and its implications for policy making. It has been an increasingly relevant and quoted concept to steer AI policies at the national and international level, but there is scant work that addresses how the concept can become a real tool. By reflecting on ethics, human rights, sociocultural practices, regulation and governance the interventions from different participants that have diverse disciplinary and institutional backgrounds the concept will be explored and discussed in depth during this session.


As the development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) systems continue to reshape various aspects of society, it is essential to discuss and understand the human-centric approach to AI governance. The human-centric approach emphasizes the navigation between rules and principles, with rules being based on formal norms and legislation, and principles relying on less tangible but powerful mechanisms. This workshop aims to bring together internet governance stakeholders to explore and delve into the complexities of adopting a human-centric approach to AI governance. The experience with the governance of the Internet over the last decades brings in relevant expertise and knowledge to address the complex challenges that emerge in the governance of AI.

Workshop Objectives:
Examine the significance of a human-centric approach in addressing the challenges posed by the development and use of AI across micro, meso, and macro levels.
Foster discussions on the diverse institutional approaches and best practices that shape the design and usage of AI systems.
Analyze the global governance landscape of AI and the existing ethical frameworks, highlighting the tensions and inconclusive conceptions of the common good.
Promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between human rights, democratic values, and the development of a human-centric approach to AI governance.
Explore innovative mechanisms and strategies for exercising effective control over AI systems as socio-technical artifacts embedded in the Internet, as well as in politics, economics, and social and environmental development.

Expected Outcomes

This session will feed into ongoing work to be published by Prof. Aguerre, Dr. Hasselbalch and Dr. Gianluca Misuraca on the human-centric approach to AI, as well as to the ongoing work on the Global Digital Compact which Prof. Lapenta is particularly involved in.

Hybrid Format: Opening introduction (8 minutes) by chairs/onsite co-organizers Francesco Lapenta and Gry Hasselbalch aims to introduce the session and context followed by the invited speakers (onsite and online) for 35 minutes and will be focused in promoting a dialogue based on the three policy questions.
After the online moderator will encourage online participants to share their questions in the chat so that these questions may be first addressed immediately by the invited speakers. Onsite moderators will follow the discussion at the venue.
During the last 10 minutes speakers will be invited to provide final 2-minute interventions. The last 5 minutes will be devoted to a wrap up by the onsite moderators/chairs.
The event will be announced by the organizers in online social media but the official online interaction will take place during the Zoom session of the IGF.