Dr Ansgar Koene was invited by UNESCO to participate in the Virtual Regional Consultation on the first draft of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 27 – 28 July 2020.
UNESCO has embarked on a two-year process to elaborate the first global standard-setting instrument on ethics of AI. The first draft of the Recommendation has been produced by an Ad hoc Expert Group (AHEG) appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The Virtual Regional Consultation for the Europe Region (group 1) is part of a series of multi-stakeholder consultations worldwide between 7 July and 8 August 2020. Based on the feedback received during the multi-stakeholder consultation process, the Ad hoc Expert Group will revise the Recommendation until September 2020.
The main objective of the consultations is to discuss the first draft text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of AI and to include different cultural values and address various regional concerns to develop an inclusive and pluralistic global instrument. In this regional consultation, representatives from governments, academia, the private sector, civil society and youth in Western European and the North American Member States were all warmly welcomed to the participation of this Virtual Regional Consultation.