In a ‘difficult year’ for freedom of expression, AI and digital security could help

23 October 2018

It's time to ‘demystify’ what we know about artificial intelligence (AI), and monitor its development so it’s consistent with human rights and fosters healthy freedom of expression.

That’s the view of David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of freedom of opinion and expression, who detailed the relationship between the right to expression and technology in a statement to the General Assembly on Monday.

The expert also told UN News that he’s ‘deeply concerned’ about increasing pressure on journalists, referencing the recent disappearance of Saudi dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

He said digital technologies like AI and spyware needed to also safeguard individuals’ privacy and security.

Mr. Kaye explained to Maoqi Li how these tools can be vital to freedom of expression and opinion in the broader spectrum.

Audio Credit:
Maoqi Li, UN News - Chinese
Audio Duration:
10'45"

 

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