IGF 2023 WS #303 Management in AI futurism: controversies, risks and benefits


Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Emerging Technologies
Chat GPT, Generative AI, and Machine Learning
Future & Sustainable Work in the World of Generative AI

Organizer 1: Eduardo Leal, Brazil IT Institute
Organizer 2: Sakshi Misra, GFL,WICCI
Organizer 3: Denise Leal, UnB & SEBRAE Goiás
Organizer 4: Emilia Zalewska, 🔒NASK, Youth IGF Poland, YCIG
Organizer 5: Osei Manu Kagyah, 🔒Afro-Grids

Speaker 1: Luiz Felipe Belisário Macedo, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Osei Manu Kagyah, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: Chepkemoi Cynthia, Private Sector, African Group
Speaker 4: Eduardo Leal, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Giovani Meneguel, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Emilia Zalewska, Technical Community, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator

Sakshi Misra, Government, Asia-Pacific Group


Denise Leal, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How can we develop the development & deployment of AI systems and what guidelines should be in place to address issues such as bias, transparency, fairness and accountability?
B. How we can ensure that users and stakeholders have access to understandable and interpretable explanations of AI-driven decisions?
C. What policies should be in place to assign liability and accountability in cases where AI systems cause harm or make erroneous decisions, and who should be held accountable?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain understanding of the work done by youth-led initiatives, and access to a report that summarizes the discussions, case analyses, and recommendations presented during the session; which will serve as a reference for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners involved in the field of AI.

The session is expected to raise awareness about the importance of platform accountability in AI cases, highlighting the challenges and best practices in this context. Making concrete recommendations to improve policies, and exploring innovative solutions are also objectives.

It is expected to stimulate the engagement of youth leaders, policymakers and platforms. At the end we will invite participants to review our work and discuss our proposals, while the output of this session will be shared with governments, international and non-governmental organizations.


In recent years, we have observed a scenario of rapid transformation driven by Artificial Intelligence (AIs). However, some concerns have emerged from society groups who believe in a dystopian vision of the future, where AIs end jobs, schools and replace human beings in the process of discoveries and innovations.

To set the context, the discussion will begin with the exploration of Addis Ababa Messages from IGF 2022 pertinent to Artificial Intelligence. Our young panelists, leading the change in their respective domains, will discuss the current state of AIs in their regions, discussing cases of machine learning, sustainable work in the world of generative AI, algorithmic transparency, and also delving into situations where AI systems cause harm or make erroneous decisions, and thinking if should the responsibility lie with developers, the organizations deploying the systems or the AI systems themselves?

Then the speakers will contextualize the AI. The initial focus will be directed towards understanding how society treats AI, and historical analogies will be used to elucidate. Moments such as the creation of automobiles are examples in which society has built a sensationalist view of technology as a potential job destroyer. On the other hand, the speakers don't deny that all innovations have negative and positive consequences. In this sense, it's relevant to dedicate part of the session explaining the impact of AIs in their regions, considering two main aspects: generative AIs and chatbots.

The speakers will also delve into how we can look at policy questions like ethical and responsible AI and speak about guidelines that should be in place to address issues such as bias, transparency, fairness and accountability. Furthermore, this part of the discussion should encourage reflections on the possible future implications of AIs, exploring both the main uses and the challenges they may present in tomorrow's societies.

Expected Outcomes

Session Outcomes:
A- Identification of key challenges faced in management of AI futurism.
B- Exchange of best practices and innovative approaches to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in digital, technology integration, and especially in algorithmic transparency.
C- policy recommendations and strategies to promote equitable access, representation and use of AI.

Specific Outcomes:
A- Report summarizing the session. It will be shared online with IGF participants and stakeholders.
B- Compilation of best practices and case studies that present successful initiatives and approaches to promote regulations and policies that guarantee transparency in AI algorithms, requiring companies and organizations to disclose the algorithm and decision making processes behind their AI systems. This resource will be disseminated through online platforms.
C- Follow-up event to continue the dialogue and build on the discussions and outcomes of the session.

Hybrid Format: The session aims to facilitate a roundtable where participants will be part of the session itself.
Tentative agenda:
5’: Introduction and background. The moderator explains how the session will take place and points out that attendees can ask questions by using the hand-raising option or in the chat (online), or by requesting the floor (onsite).
40’: The moderator introduces the policy issues and addresses the speakers with questions in a roundtable fashion.
10’: Open floor. The moderator invites all participants to take the floor either online or onsite.
5’: Key takeaways (rapporteur) and conclusions.

The session is going to ensure interactions through a Q&A and comment section in the online application where the session will be taking place (e.g. Zoom). Both online and onsite moderators will make sure that the questions and comments are not overlooked through effective communication, but play an important role throughout the session