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HRC experts call for protection of human rights in the face of AI challenges

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CAIRO – September 23, 2022: A number of international artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights experts, as well as international organizations and individuals, have called for a unified effort through action international community and a legal framework to protect privacy and human rights when it comes to adopting AI technologies.

The call for experts was made during a workshop organized by the Arab-European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights in Geneva and Jusoor International for Media and Development, at the Human Rights Building. in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 51st ordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), based in Geneva, which was held from September 12 to October 7.

The workshop shed light on the challenges imposed by artificial intelligence, in addition to how it serves humanity.

He also emphasized the great contributions of AI to achieving development despite the lack of interest in the issues of AI and digital information technologies.

“It is essential to act quickly and to redouble our efforts to achieve real treatments, which contribute to a better reality of the approach between artificial intelligence and human rights”, declared the president of the Arab-European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights, Ayman. Nasri.

For his part, Akram Hazzam, professor of modern digital technologies and artificial intelligence at the University of Geneva, spoke of the threats posed by the technical information revolution, “especially when it comes to collecting and ‘use an individual’s personal information which poses a serious threat to security and safety and represents a violation of their rights and freedoms’.

“The collection, storage and use of information represents a major and serious violation that threatens human privacy and freedom and can extend to more dangerous aspects related to their security, safety and stability”, said Mohammed Sharif Ferjani, an international political and humanitarian science expert. studies.

“Ferjani criticized the practices of leading democratic nations related to the acquisition of AI techniques to collect information that can serve purposes contrary to the values ​​and principles of humanity, relying on policies based on the discrimination, in order to achieve unethical and illegal purposes that enable such nations to gain international dominance, establish general trends for societies, and achieve media influence capable of leading and directing opinion global public,” Jusoor said in a statement.

President of Jusoor International for Media and Development, Mohamed Al Hammadi, addressed the negative practices of the same technologies that increase the suffering of people and widen the technological gap between societies, saying that “such actions which represent a violation against people and deprive them of their fundamental rights and freedoms”.

He called for unifying efforts to ensure a humanitarian discourse of AI research and practice in a way that preserves and respects human rights through an international movement and in accordance with legal and ethical policies to address to the challenges posed by AI in the field of human rights. .

“A universal bill of digital human rights is essential” to protect and strengthen the human rights system in light of the challenges posed by technology in today’s world, he said. .

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