ICC BASIS pre-event – Internet Governance Forum: AI and business: from principles to action

03 Nov 2020

Online English
16:50 - 18:50 UTC time

Artificial intelligence (AI) is perceived as a great transformer for both developed and developing economies, promising to enhance any decision-making process through the knowledge gained from applying analytics and machine learning to the data available. At the same time, the design, development and deployment of algorithmic systems and tools also holds challenges, often surrounding the role of human agencies, transparency, and inclusivity.

To harness these benefits and mitigate risks, both public and private sector organizations have developed or are actively considering guidelines, principles and standards along which AI can or should be developed and deployed.

As we are moving from principles to practice, how do the different stakeholders cooperate tp address those challenges?

The session will bring together various international and regional organisations as well as the technical community that have recently developed or are currently in the process of developing AI guidelines. It will discuss the commonalities and differences of these guidelines and principles as well as their impact primarily on the private sector, as developers, distributors, and users of these technologies. 

It will focus specifically on the role of the private sector in the development of these frameworks and guidelines It will look to highlight best practices of private sector counterparts that have developed ethical guidelines for their companies in line with existing frameworks and standards. The speakers will also discuss barriers of adoption to some of these principles and guidelines, as well as potential incentives or motivators that would encourage more widespread adoption or help unify some of these recommendations globally.

The session will focus specifically on the role of the private sector in the development of these frameworks and guidelines. It will look to highlight best practices of private sector counterparts that have developed ethical guidelines for their companies in line with existing frameworks and standards. It will also look to discover barriers of adoption to some of these principles and guidelines, as well as potential incentives or motivators that would encourage more widespread adoption and/or help unify some of these recommendations globally.

The first part of the session will ensure presentations of the above-mentioned initiatives by international and regional organizations and technical bodies and their implications for different stakeholder groups, notably the private sector. The moderator will draw commonalities and differences as well as lessons learned for future implementation. The second part of the session will focus on highlighting best practices and use cases of private sector counterparts that have 1) been involved in the development of these guidelines and frameworks and 2) implemented and developed, based on these guidelines and frameworks, company standards in the field of AI. The third part of the session will be an open roundtable discussion on lessons learned with all participants, based on some guiding questions and questions from the audience, with a focus on how to reinforce platforms for cooperation between the private sector and standard-setting bodies and processes.

The session also aims to act as a convenor for all IGF participants active in the AI space to provide an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing at the very beginning of the IGF week and provide a common base to be further discussed in various sessions throughout the event.

Mila Romanoff (Moderator)

Privacy Specialist, Data Policy and Governance Lead, UN Global Pulse

Rudolf Gridl

Head of Internet Governance and International Digital Dialogue, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Carolyn Nguyen

Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

Nnenna Nwakanma

Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation

Christoph Steck

Director, Public Policy & Internet, Telefonica

Timea, SUTO

Knowledge Manager

+33149532807

Timea.suto@icwbo.org

Angèle, BEAUVOIS

Knowledge Assistant

+33149532916

Angele.beauvois@iccwbo.org

Organiser