Open Discussion on Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to advance Knowledge Societies and Good Governance

Thursday, November 15, 2018 Mozilla Foundation

In order to reflect on the significant impact of emerging and smart technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) on UNESCO’s core mandate to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image and build inclusive knowledge societies, UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) Sector, in partnership with Internet Society (ISOC) and the Mozilla Foundation, will be organizing an open discussion on “Harnessing AI to Foster Knowledge Societies and Good Governance” following the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in November 2018  in Paris, France.

This event will be dedicated to unpacking the technological, ethical, political, social, and legal implications of the development and application of AI. The event is conceived as an open forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on these issues to explore policies, practices, measures and mechanisms needed for harnessing AI to advance knowledge societies and good governance.

Contact, organization : Sasha Rubel, Lucien Castex


 Time Program
8:30-9:00Registration of Participants and Coffee
9:00-9:30Opening Remarks and introductory keynote(s)

  • Sylvestre Ledru, Head of the French branch, Mozilla corporation
  • Raul Echeberria, Vice President, Global Engagement, Internet Society
  • Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director General, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
9:30-10:00Artificial Intelligence – What is it all about?

What is AI? (15 minutes)

  • Lynn St. Amour, Chair, Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group
  • Dr. Ansgar Koene, Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science – Ethics, Rights, Privacy on the internet

What is being done at the international level to consider AI in sustainable development and good governance? (15 minutes)

  • Dr. Cherif Diallo, Director of information technologies and ICT, Ministry of Communications, Telecommunications, Postal Services and the Digital Economy, Senegal
  • H. E. Mr Federico Salas Lotfe Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Mexico to UNESCO
10:00-10:30Coffee and networking Break
10:30-11:45Session 1:  AI Advocacy

Chair: Gasper Hrastelj, Deputy Secretary-General, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO


  • Paula Forteza, French Member of Parliament
  • Melody Patry, Advocacy Director, Access Now
  • Davor Orlic, Senior Project Manager, Jozef Stefan Institute, Chief Operating Officer, K4ALL foundation
  • Brigitte Lasry, Head of University Network, Netexplo
  • Dr. Etienne Parizot, founding member, JamaisSansElles, Professor, Université Paris Diderot – Paris-VII
  • Lars-Erik Forsberg, Deputy Head of Unit, Policy Outreach & International Affairs, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Jean-Pierre Evain, Principal Project Manager, Technology & innovation, EBU

Rapporteurs: Odile Ambry & Christèle Dupiellet, Internet Society France

11:45-13:00Session 2: Human rights and AI

Chair:  Dr. Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator


  • Mohamed Farahat, Lawyer and coordinator of the legal aid project of the Egyptian foundation for refugee rights
  • Michael J. Oghia, Advisor on Internet governance, Global Forum for Media Development
  • Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
  • Katie Evans, PhD researcher on the ethics of AI
  • Dr. François Bertrand, Deputy Director-General, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Samhir Vasdev, Advisor for Digital Development, IREX

Rapporteur: Agustina Callegari, Internet Society

13:00-14:00Buffet lunch
14:00-14:30Keynote and Q&A session: Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD
14:30-15:45Session 3: Translating ROAM principles into AI governance and practice through an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder approach

Chair: Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO


  • David Souter,  Research Associate, Oxford Internet Institute, UNESCO commissioned author on Internet Universality indicators
  • Matthias Spielkamp, Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
  • Dr. Małgorzata Bielenia, Assistant Professor, University of Business and Administration, Gdynia, Poland
  • Paul Massen, Chief, Country Support, Open Government Partnership
  • Dr. Alexandre Barbosa, Head of the Center of Studies for Information and Communications Technologies, CETIC.BR
  • Elodie Vialle, Head of Journalism & Technology Desk, Reporters without Borders

Rapporteur: Paula Real, Internet Society

15:45-16:15Coffee break
16:15-16:45 Keynote and Q&A session: Yaniv Gelnik, Chief Strategist and Global Business Development Lead, Zipline
16:45-18:00Session 4:  Understanding Openness and inclusiveness in the age of advanced ICTs

Chair: Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO


  • Dr. Frédéric Bouchard, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Maria Fasli, Professor, University of Essex, UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science
  • Dr. John Shawe-Taylor, Professor, University College London, K4ALL foundation, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence
  • Daewon Kim, Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Ethics, Kakao
  • Dr. Hugo Cyr, Dean of the Faculty of Political science and Law, UQAM
  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Professor, Université Laval, COMEST chair

Rapporteur:  Julien Rossi, Internet Society France, Université Rennes 2

18:00-19:00Closing Remarks and Next steps

Debriefing from Rapporteurs on each session 1-4

  • Lucien Castex, UNESCO / Internet Society France, with the support of the 5 sessions’ rapporteurs: Odile Ambry & Christèle Dupiellet (session 1), Agustina Callegari (session 2), Paula Real (session 3), Julien Rossi (session 4).

Outcomes and proposals

  • Sylvestre Ledru, Mozilla Corporation
  • Raquel Gatto, Internet Society
  • Guy Berger, UNESCO