This is the second blogpost in a series on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, co-authored by: Christiaan van Veen (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law) & Corinne Cath (Oxford Internet Institute and Alan Turing Institute). Why are human rights relevant to the debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI)? That question was at the heart of a workshop at Data & Society on April 26 and 27 about'AI and Human Rights,' organized by Dr. Mark Latonero. The timely workshop brought together participants from key tech companies, civil society organizations, academia, government, and international organizations at a time when human rights have been peripheral in discussions on the societal impacts of AI systems. Many of those who are active in the field of AI may have doubts about the'added value' of the human rights framework to their work or are uncertain how addressing the human rights implications of AI is any different from work already being done on'AI and ethics'.
The UN's human rights chief expressed "grave concern" on Wednesday over Egypt's prosecutions of human rights defenders and the shut-down of civil society organisations by the military government. The comments by UNHCR Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein came ahead of a judicial hearing for two key human rights activists set to begin on Thursday in Cairo. Media outlets are restricted from reporting on the proceedings under a court order. "This looks like a clampdown on sections of Egyptian civil society and it must stop," said Zeid. "NGOs who have played a valuable role in documenting violations and supporting victims will see their activities completely crippled if this continues. This will stifle the voices of those who advocate for victims."
The audience at the fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community group in New York, greeted Clinton with multiple standing ovations and cheers as she accepted the organization's Trailblazer Award. One of the biggest cheers came when she reiterated remarks she made in Geneva in 2011 as secretary of state: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."
The report, in essence, pieces together individual incidents into a broader whole to suggest that China is thwarting efforts to monitor and protect human rights -- not just in China but abroad, too. It cites examples of China failing to ratify language on protection of individuals, working to slash funding for human rights officers in U.N. peacekeeping missions and refusing to affirm civil society's role in a 2015 resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council on public health.