Human Rights in the 21st Century
Artificial Intelligence

Right to be Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

online roundtable, 24. 11. 2020 at 16:00

AI systems continue to impact society and citizens. In the world of AI, keywords such as algorithms, automation and big data are increasingly becoming commonplace.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948. The EU is committed to supporting democracy and human rights in its external relations, in accordance with its founding principles of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

Powering some of these AI systems [algorithms] are immense amounts of data being generated and collected from citizens. The goal is to foster a dialogue around some of these technologies powered by “AI” and big data and what impacts they have on citizens and their fundamental human rights within the EU and globally.

As well as, provide reasonable arguments on how contemporary political cleavages and technological change is affecting and/or contra positioning some important values we live by, i.e. freedom of speech, expression and democracy.

What are the challenges and risks to Human Rights in the 21st century as technology exponentially increases? How do we curtail the abuse of systems such as facial recognition by law enforcement? What are the difficulties of enforcing legal frameworks that protect citizen privacy and data and the GDPR?

Event schedule

Welcome Speech #1

Dr. Šárka Prát | Board of Directors, European Liberal Forum

Welcome Speech #2

Sebastjan Pikl | Managing Director, Institute Novum

Moderator and Introduction

Anas Zaza | External Consultant, Institute for Politics and Society

Speaker #1

Dr. Anne Bowser | Deputy Director of STIP, Director of Innovation and Innovation Specialist, Wilson Center, USA

Speaker #2

Theresa Harris | Project Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

Speaker #3

Dr. Stefan Larsson | Associate Professor, Lund University, Sweden

Speaker #4

Dr. Mohd Shahid Siddiqui | Media and Development Professional, Community Information Resource Center

Speaker #5

Domen Savič | Director, NGO Drzavljan D (Citizen D)

Questions/Closing Statements VENUE


Šárka Prát | Member of the ELF board of directors

Dr. Šárka Prát | Board of Directors, European Liberal Forum

Šárka Prát is the director of the Institute for Politics and Society.Šárka covers transatlantic, economic and migration issues. She holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.), engineer degree (Ing.) and master degree (MBA) from University of Economics in Prague. She holds a master degree (MA) from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. In 2020 Šárka was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the European Liberal Forum, think tank of the ALDE Party.

Sebastjan Pikl

Sebastjan Pikl | Institute Novum

Mr. Pikl is one of the founders and director of Institute NOVUM, an institute for strategic and applicable research that deals with policy analysis, visual media, and public relations. He has also served as an advisor for various communications projects, including the campaign for president of Republic of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Türk in 2007 and several liberal political parties. Mr. Pikl is a philosopher and political scientist by training, with special interests in the field of psychoanalysis, policy analysis and history of Mediterranean region.

Anas Zaza | External Consultant, Institute for Politics and Society

Anas Zaza is an External Analyst with the Institute of Politics and Society in the Czech Republic and
completing studies in International Relations at Anglo-American University in Prague. He is also an
Analyst and Contract Specialist with Runecast Solutions and an independent researcher.

Dr. Anne Bowser | Deputy Director of STIP, Director of Innovation and Innovation Specialist, Wilson Center, USA

Dr. Anne Bowser is a Deputy Director with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) and the Director of Innovation at the Wilson Center. Her work investigates the intersections between science, technology and democracy.

Theresa Harris | Project Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

Theresa Harris is the Project Director in the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She manages the Program’s projects on science and human rights, including a volunteer referral service that provides technical support for human rights organizations, the Science and Human Rights Coalition network of scientific associations and societies, activities that promote greater understanding of the human right to science, and a new initiative on artificial intelligence that focuses on public health and mass surveillance. Prior to joining AAAS, Ms. Harris represented survivors of human rights violations before United States courts, the Inter-American human rights system, and United Nations human rights mechanisms. She has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and is a member of the governing body of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). Ms. Harris holds degrees in anthropology, land use planning, and law.

Dr. Stefan Larsson | Associate Professor, Lund University, Sweden

Stefan Larsson is a lawyer and Associate Professor in technology and social change at LTH, Lund University, and head of the Digital Society Program at Swedish think tank Fores. He has a PhD in Sociology of Law and a PhD in Spatial Planning. His research focuses on issues of trust and transparency on digital, data-driven markets, and the socio-legal impact of autonomous and AI-driven technologies.

Dr. Mohd Shahid Siddiqui | Media and Development Professional, Community Information Resource Center

Dr. M Shahid Siddiqui is a media and development professional with skills and knowledge in the digital media and social development sector. He is also a Campaigner for Human Rights, added to his work as a journalist.
As a Campaigner for Human Rights and Peace, Dr. Shahid has worked with both the government and private sectors to push for his belief in sustainable development, and he has made strides in this. It is his strong belief that activism requires colossal measure of work in the field just as in research yet what is generally fundamental for him is to guarantee correctness inside the community and disperse data in the most basic manner conceivable that quickly portrays the situation which includes most complex circumstances, intense dealings and requests.

Domen Savič | Director, NGO Drzavljan D (Citizen D)

Domen Savič (1981) is the director of the NGO Drzavljan D (Citizen D). In his role of the director of a non-governmental organization he is focusing on developing long-term projects related to digital rights, communication privacy and digital security, media regulation and active citizen participation in the political sphere. Državljan D, a nonprofit institution, is the first in Slovenia to primarily deal with human rights challenges in the information society, media literacy and active citizenship. Within the institute, projects are being created that deal with the neutrality of the Internet, security and privacy of digital communications, media literacy and the involvement of citizens in decision-making processes.

This event is organised by the European Liberal Forum asbl with the support of Institute Novum.
Co-funded by the European Parliament. Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum asbl are responsible for the content of this event or for any use that may be made of it.
The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/ or the European Liberal Forum asbl.