|APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
|Part 1 - Lead Organizer
|Ms. Mamta Siwakoti
|Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
|Digital Law and Policy Centre
|Economy of Residence
|Primary Stakeholder Group
|List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
|Innovation for Change Center for Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, Civil Society, Arzak Khan: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Part 2 - Session Proposal
|AI in Asia-Pacific Perspective: Charting a Path for Responsible Innovation
|Where do you plan to organize your session?
|Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
|Specific Issues for Discussion
|In the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, the Asia Pacific region stands at a crossroads of unprecedented innovation and pressing ethical considerations. Join us for a captivating panel discussion that delves into the heart of this matter—how to navigate the realm of AI while maintaining a delicate equilibrium between cutting-edge advancements and responsible, equitable deployment.
In this thought-provoking 60-minute session, our panel of esteemed experts will explore the multifaceted dimensions of AI in the Asia Pacific context. The discussion will unravel intricate threads encompassing affordability, accessibility, inclusivity, data sovereignty, and human rights in the development and application of AI technologies.
During the panel, our five distinguished speakers will embark on a journey of insights, sharing their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that AI innovation presents, particularly in developing countries. From strategies to ensure AI technologies remain affordable and accessible across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to the imperative of governing AI to safeguard human rights, the conversation will cover a spectrum of essential topics.
The discourse will uncover the implications of the limited adoption of GDPR in South Asia and Southeast Asia, examining the repercussions for data sovereignty in the AI age. The role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be spotlighted as pivotal agents of change, exploring how they can collaboratively address issues of human rights surveillance and the misuse of AI in the region. The panelists will draw upon their diverse experiences to provide valuable insights, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the intricate challenges at hand.
Through insightful anecdotes and compelling examples of open-source AI initiatives, discussion will culminate in an exploration of innovative pathways for responsible AI innovation.
|Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
|As AI becomes increasingly prevalent in the Asia-Pacific, with deployment of AI based platforms in the public sector ranging from surveillance, social safety programs, identity management and border management it is important to ensure that its development and deployment are guided by principles of transparency, accountability, inclusivity, affordability and accessibility. This session will provide a forum for stakeholders from across the region to share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges presented by AI and to discuss how best to govern its development and deployment considering its indirect impact on human rights. The session will also explore the role of the Internet Governance Forum in promoting responsible AI governance in the Asia-Pacific and how civil society can contribute to the greater discussion around AI and its implications for Asia pacific region.
|Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
|Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
|Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
|1) Mamta Siwakoti: Ms. Mamta is the co-founder of Digital Law and Policy Centre, a practicing lawyer in Nepal and has a social media campaign under the name 'The Digital Lawyer' where she creates videos on the laws and digital rights of people. Her campaign has 116k followers on TikTok, 10k+ followers on Facebook and Instagram. She is a law graduate with Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy. Her area of interest is law, digital rights and internet governance and she has worked with agencies like UNICEF, ICRC, and various academic institutions in furthering her work. She is the lead organizer and the moderator of the session.
2) Arzak Khan :Mr. Arzak is a digital rights activist based in Pakistan and South Asia Lead for the Innovation for Change South Asia Innovation Hub. He is a Global South centric expert on Artificial Intelligence and internet governance and is founder of the Center for AI and Human Rights at the Innovation for Change network. His work focuses on using civic technologies for countering shrinking civic spaces. Arzak would be monumental in bringing the perspective of South Asian region within Asia Pacific. It would also be of interest to stakeholders in learning about his current endeavors in AI and ethical tech.
3) Eun Chang Choi: Mr. Choi is a legal scholar specialized in technology policy, governing emerging technologies and intellectual property. He has been representing South Korea's Internet Community at National Regional Initiatives(NRI) moderated by the IGF Secretariat of the United Nation. He founded a non-profit, the Global Poverty Public Awareness Project(GP3Korea) inspired by 'Access to Knowledge initiative'(A2K). He currently participates in IEEE Standards Working Groups 'Algorithmic Bias Considerations'(P7003)' and writes articles on AI ethics & governance, data ethics, disinformation, and technology impacts on society.
4) Remshay Ahmed: Ms. Remshay is a Communications and Advocacy Officer at Innovation for Change South Asia Hub. She has worked to uncover fabricated media narratives sustain damaging policies in not just Pakistan, but the entire region of South Asia. Further, she most recently has taken up research to hold governments and corporations in the region accountable for continued human rights abuses using AI. She would be really valuable in bringing in the inclusionary aspect of Ethics in AI. Digital divide remains a huge problem in charting the future of AI in Asia-Pacific Region.
5) Yajaswi Mangpahang: Ms. Yajaswi is a Researcher and a scholar of AI and Human Rights in University of Sydney. She is the recipient of Australian Awards and has been extensively working on ethical use of AI to foster human rights.
Thus, the speakers of this panel strike a balance in regards to region, gender, skills and working area. Each of the speakers have their own perspective and area of action with AI which would provide diverse opinion to the panelists in charting the future of AI in Asia Pacific.
|Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.
|Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?
|APrIGF offers live transcript in English for all sessions. Do you need any other translation support or any disability related requests for your session? APrIGF makes every effort to be a fully inclusive and accessible event, and will do the best to fulfill your needs.
|Yes. We will be requiring assistance for sign language.
|Number of Attendees (Please fill in numbers)
|Gender Balance in Moderators/Speakers (Please fill in numbers)
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