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There is a global consensus that AI must be used responsibly if societies around the world are to enjoy the benefits of AI while avoiding the risks associated with even greater social and economic inequalities. To make progress in advancing responsible AI, it is critical to know and understand the current state-of-play, as well as to track progress over time. 

This talk will present a new project underway to develop a Global Index on Responsible AI. The project seeks to address the need for inclusive, measurable indicators that reflect a shared understanding of what responsible AI means in practice, and track the implementation of responsible AI principles by governments and key stakeholders. 

The Global Index on Responsible AI is a rights-based tool to support a broad range of actors in advancing responsible AI practices. It is intended to provide a comprehensive, reliable, independent, and comparative benchmark for assessing progress toward responsible AI the world over.

Keynote speaker: Dr Rachel Adams, Principal Researcher, ICT Africa

Dr Rachel Adams is an experienced leader in directing large regional and global projects relating to AI policy. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Global Index on Responsible AI and the AI4D African Observatory on Responsible AI. Before taking up her post at Research ICT Africa, Rachel was a Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and previously the Senior Researcher for Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission. Rachel sits on numerous boards and expert panels including the UNESCO Expert Group on the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on AI in Ethics, and the expert advisory board of an Ada Lovelace project on the future of AI and genomics. 

Rachel is an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge; a Research Associate of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; and Research Associate at the Tayarisha: African Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance, University of Witwatersrand. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal on Human Rights. Rachel has published widely on issues relating to AI policy, decolonisation, gender and human rights, with a particular focus on the African region. She is the author of Transparency: New Trajectories in Law (2020), and the lead author of Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South African (2021). Her work has featured in, amongst others, the New York Times, The Guardian, Marie Clare and La Croix.

Keynote panel

Susie Alegre

Dr Susie Alegre is a leading international human rights lawyer, consultant, and author. She is a barrister at the internationally renowned Doughty Street Chambers and has over twenty years of experience in public law and human rights. This has included work for the EU, the UN, and NGOs, such as Amnesty International. She has also authored the acclaimed book Freedom to Think (Atlantic Books 2022) which examines the impact of AI on the right to freedom of thought.

Fraser Sampson

Professor Fraser Sampson is the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner (BSCC). The BSCC is an independent monitoring statutory body of the UK Home Office. The Commissioner is also Honorary Professor and member of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research at Sheffield Hallam University where he was awarded a PhD in digital accountability in law enforcement.

Professor Catherine Clarke

Catherine Clarke is Professor and Director of the Centre of the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published widely on identity, heritage, place, and uses of the past, and has interests in the applications and ethics of AI in historical research and creative practice.

Chair: Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Director and Senior Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

This event is free to attend, but advance booking is required.