Official event of RightsCon 2022
Tuesday, 7 June 2022 (2:15 pm CEST)
Digital Inclusion Benchmark
The World Benchmarking Alliance’s (WBA) 2021 Digital Inclusion Benchmark assessed the contribution of 150 of the world’s most influential digital technology companies under four measurement areas; access, skills, use and innovation.
The results show that whilst many digital companies cite the benefits and potential of artificial intelligence (AI), few seemed concerned about the privacy and human rights risks involved, among others. Just 20 out of 150 digital companies commit to publicly available principles for ethical AI. This number is chilling given the growing evidence of the human rights implications of AI in areas such as facial recognition and algorithmic placement of incendiary information.
As a component of digital inclusion, ethical AI is a critical area for systems change identified by the Digital Inclusion Benchmark. The systems changes identified represent the greatest potential to drive economic, environmental and social progress to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s). Without ethical AI principles, digital companies are driving a future where people will have less agency, face potential job loss and experience inadvertent bias.
The session organised by WBA at RightsCon 2022 will feature panelists from investor and civil society groups and will explore how stakeholders can effectively drive action towards responsible and ethical AI by technology companies.
Register on the RightsCon platform before 3rd June 2022 to view the session titled ‘Driving corporate action towards responsible and ethical artificial intelligence’ under the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ theme in the program and participate in the webinar.
- Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Network
- Lauren Compere, Managing Director and Head of Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management
- Lourdes Montenegro, Lead Digital Sector Transformation, World Benchmarking Alliance
- Christine Brueschke, Sustainable Investing Analyst, Fidelity International (Moderator)