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Wednesday, November 24 • 14:15 - 15:30
Safeguarding human rights through an inclusive digital economy

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This session examines the challenges and opportunities posed by an era of unprecedented technological growth.

New technologies, like artificial intelligence, can improve our lives. But there are also profound threats. We should approach new technologies by being inclusive, consultative and accountable, and by embedding robust human rights safeguards. National strategies that advance human rights in the development and use of new technologies can support these objectives. National strategies should contain practical measures focussed on regulation, education and training, funding and investment.

States and businesses have a responsibility and opportunity to embed human rights into their development and use of new technologies. Speakers will consider examples from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s work in this area and good practices from business to build inclusive digital economies.

This session aims to:
  • Discuss the importance of national strategies to help protect and promote human rights in the development and use of new technologies
  • Provide human rights analysis on the risk of harm of new technologies
  • Give examples of how to embed human rights safeguards when designing, procuring or using new technologies

Session organized by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). 


Moderators
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Zoe Victoria Tate

Technical Specialist for the Solomon Islands, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Zoe Victoria Tate is a Technical Specialist for the Solomon Islands under UNCDF’s Pacific Digital Economy Programme. Her area of expertise includes start-up incubation and acceleration, inclusive innovation, and private sector development.

Speakers
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Harpreet Kaur

Business and Human Rights Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Harpreet Kaur is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the UNDP’s Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific, where she oversees a regional project aiming at promoting responsible business practices through partnerships in Asia. She provides technical and advisory support to governments... Read More →
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Zoe Paleologos

Senior Policy Adviser, Australian Human Rights Commission
Zoe Paleologos is a Senior Policy Officer in the Human Rights and Scrutiny Team. With legal and scientific qualifications, she has professional experience in human rights law, advocacy, research and community capacity building. Zoe has worked for NGOs, and in the private and public... Read More →


Wednesday November 24, 2021 14:15 - 15:30 GMT+12