April 20, 2021 – April 23, 2021

AI and Human
Rights Forum


Welcome to the 2021 AI and Human Rights Forum!

From surveillance and misinformation to facial recognition and foreign influence, advances in Artificial Intelligence have been rapid, raising questions about potential and impact on the rights of people around the globe. Join the AI and Human Rights Forum to hear from some of the world’s top experts on disinformation, online hate and freedom of speech, authoritarian tech, AI ethics and governance, and global cooperation.


Featured Speakers

Taking place over three days, the Forum will feature leading global experts working at the intersection of AI and human rights.

Ambassador Ines Coppoolse

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada

Camille François


Carly Kind

Executive Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University, FSI/Cyber Policy Center

Irene Khan

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Jan Kleijssen

Director, Council of Europe

Joan Donovan

Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Laurence Devillers

Professor of artificial intelligence & ethics at Paris-Sorbonne University and LIMSI-CNRS

Marietje Schaake

International Policy Director at the Cyber Policy Center and International Policy Fellow, Stanford Cyber Policy Center

Ronald Deibert

Director, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Taylor Owen

Associate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

The Honorable Teresa Ribeiro

OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media

Valentine Goddard

Founder and executive director of AI Impact Alliance

Philip Dawson

Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center, Harvard University

Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Founder and CEO, Carbon Re

Vivek Krishnamurthy

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Lieut. General Romeo Dallaire

MIGS’ Distinguished Senior Fellow, Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security




12:00 PM

Internet Governance and AI: Ensuring Space
for Human Rights

12:30 PM

AI and Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom

1:30 PM

Misinformation and AI:
friends or foes?

12:00 PM

From Surveillance to Digital Authoritarianism: Breaking Down Tech and Human Rights Silos

1:00 PM

AI and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

12:00 PM

The ethics of AI: how can we ensure democratic governance?

1:00 PM

Exposing the Truth: Filmmaking, AI and the
Persecution of LGBTQ People in Chechnya

12:00 PM