• Responsible Use Of Artificial Intelligence and Biometric Tools In High Risk Sectors? Implications of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” for Military and Security Sector Actors

    2019 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

  • Featuring

    • Moderator: Maya Brehm

      Advisor and Geneva Representative, Article 36

    • Dr. Jonathan Andrew

      Research fellow, Geneva Academy of International
      Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (TBC)

    • Dr. Krisztina Huszti-Orban

      Research fellow and lecturer in law at University of
      Minnesota Law School; Senior legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur
      on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while
      countering terrorism

    • Ms. Chloe Poynton

      Co-Founder and Principal, Article One

    • Ms. Marlena Wisniak

      Partnerships Manager, Civil Society and Human Rights,
      Partnership on AI

Session Overview and Objectives

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies, such as facial recognition and drones, are reshaping the military and security sectors, including how military and law enforcement operations are conducted. Among others, the value and practical benefits of biometric data is increasingly acknowledged, including in the context of addressing trans-border challenges in intelligence gathering and law enforcement. There are opportunities for technology to enhance the efficiency of military, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism measures thereby enabling better protection of populations including that of civilians in situations of armed conflict. Security and military applications of such powerful technology also draw significant human rights concerns.

Companies are at the forefront of such developments with governments relying on them at the design, development and implementation stages of AI and biometric technologies and policies built on their use. Through an interactive discussion session and drawing on multidisciplinary and cross-regional expertise, using the lens of the Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the session will explore the risks and opportunities that AI and biometric data can pose to human rights in security and military sectors. It will highlight different approaches by relevant stakeholders, including companies, states and civil society organizations to ensure responsible development, sale, and use of such technology, with emphasis on both state obligations and corporate responsibility in line with international human rights standards.

The session will seek to inform the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in developing Guiding Principles on the human rights-compliant use of biometric technologies and data while countering terrorism.

Start time is listed in CET. Start time in US is 6:30 a.m. Central Time

Sponsored By

Session organized by:

The Human Rights Center

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism  

Article One

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