UNHRC experts call for protecting human rights against AI challenges

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

The experts’ call 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 Geneva-based UN for Human Rights Palace on the sidelines of the ongoing 51st Ordinary Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), based in Geneva, held from 12 September to 7 October.

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

It also focused on the great contribution of AI in achieving development despite the lack of interest in the issues of AI and digital information technologies.

“Taking early action and redoubling efforts to reach real treatments that contribute to a better reality of the approach between artificial intelligence and human rights is a must,” said the chairman of the Arab-European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights, Ayman Nasri.

Meanwhile, Akram Hazzam, professor of modern digital technologies and artificial intelligence at the University of Geneva, discussed the threats that the revolution of technical information represents, “especially when it comes to collecting and using a person’s personal information, which is a serious threat against the safety and security of the people and represents a violation of their rights and freedoms.”

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

“Ferjani criticized the practice of major democratic nations in acquiring artificial intelligence to collect information that can serve goals that are contrary to the values ​​and principles of humanity, based on policies based on discrimination, to realize unethical and illegal goals, which enable these nations to acquire international dominance, set general trends for societies and realize the influence of media capable of directing and controlling global public opinion,” Jusoor said in a statement.

The president of Jusoor International for Media and Development, Mohamed Al Hammadi addressed the negative practices of the same technologies that increase human suffering and widen the technology gap between societies, saying “such actions represent an affront to people and deprive them of their basic rights and freedoms.”

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

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

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