Steering AI and advanced ICTs for knowledge societies: a Rights, Openness, Access, and Multi-stakeholder Perspective

15 September 2020

This report recognizes artificial intelligence (AI) as an opportunity to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through its contribution to building inclusive knowledge societies.

Based on UNESCOs Internet Universality ROAM framework agreed by UNESCOs Member States in 2015, this study analyzes
  • how AI and advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) will impact Human Rights in terms of freedom of expression, privacy, media, journalism and non-discrimination;
  • how Openness needs to inform the technological and safety challenges related to AI;
  • how Access to AI hinges upon access to algorithms, hardware, human resources and data; and
  • how a Multi-stakeholder approach concerning AI governance can address the challenges and opportunities for the benefit of humanity.
The study also offers a set of options for action that can help inform the development of new policy frameworks, and the re-examination of existing policies, as well as other actions for all stakeholders, namely Member States, the private sector, the technical community, civil society and intergovernmental organizations, including UNESCO Communication and Information Sector United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.



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