We held a major international conference on human rights and technology on 24 July 2018 in Sydney.

The conference explored the human rights implications of unprecedented technological change, and launched a major Australian Human Rights Commission project led by Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow.

Speakers

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Steve Crown

VP, Microsoft Corporation

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Aza Raskin

Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology

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Kathy Baxter

Research Architect, Salesforce

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Dr Joseph Cannataci

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

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Brett Solomon

ED, Access Now

Jake Lucchi, Head of Content and AI, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific

Jake Lucchi

Head of Content and AI, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific

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Dr Alan Finkel AO

Chief Scientist of Australia

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Dr Genevieve Bell

3A Institute ANU

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Dr Toby Walsh

UNSW and Data61

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Michelle Guthrie

Managing Director, ABC

Dr. Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Dr. Tobias Feakin

Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

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Dr Mary-Anne Williams

Director Magic Lab, UTS

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Emma Bennison

CEO, Blind Citizens Australia

Dr Manisha Amin, CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design

Dr Manisha Amin

CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design

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Julie Inman Grant

The eSafety Commissioner

Alan Kirkland, CEO of CHOICE

Alan Kirkland

CEO of CHOICE

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Edward Santow

Australia's Human Rights Commissioner

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Alastair McEwin

Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Program

We held a major international conference on human rights and technology on 24 July 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.

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Opening

[ 9:00-9:25am ]

Welcome to Country
Welcome to Country, Gadigal Elder, Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden

Introduction
Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

 

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Setting the scene: What role for human rights in a new age of technology?

[ 9:25-10:00am ]

 

An Australian perspective

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist of Australia

An international industry perspective

Kathy Baxter, User Research Architect, Salesforce
 

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Panel 1 - Do androids dream of electric sheep? Deep dive on AI

[ 10:00-11:00am ]

This session will examine the human rights impacts of artificial intelligence.

Topics will include:

• Algorithmic decision making and bias 
• AI and the justice system
• Big data including collection, availability, sharing and use

Panellists:

• Professor Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, UNSW Sydney and Data61
• Kathy Baxter, User Research Architect, Salesforce 
• Jake Lucchi, Head of Content and AI, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific

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Panel 2 - Human rights by design: Responsible innovation

[ 11:30 -12:30pm ]

This session will examine a human rights by design approach to foster responsible innovation.

Topics will include:

• Innovative ways to protect human rights through the design and development of emerging technologies
• Business and public sector accountability 
• Governance and responsible innovation

Panellists:

• Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory (The Magic Lab), University of Technology Sydney
• Brett Solomon, Executive Director, Access Now 
• Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner

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Food for thought: How to be human in the digital world

[ 12:30-1:00pm ]

Exploring the social and individual impacts of new and emerging technologies.

Fireside chat:

• Professor Genevieve Bell, Director, 3A Institute, Australian National University and Senior Fellow, Intel 
• Jake Lucchi, Head of Content and AI, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific 

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Panel 3 - Inclusion Riders: People with disabilities and technology

[ 1:50-2:50pm ]

This session will examine the impact of emerging technology for people with disabilities. 

Topics will include:

• Lived experiences of people with disabilities and technology including challenges and opportunities 
• Adaptation by humans and our machines

Panellists:

• Emma Bennison, Executive Officer, Blind Citizens Australia
• Manisha Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Inclusive Design
• Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

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Panel 4 - The Invisible Revolution: Utopia, dystopia and the many faces of tomorrow

[ 2:50-3:50pm ]

This session will examine the implications of emerging technology for Internet freedoms, democracy and free speech.

Topics will include:

• Free speech, social media, fake news and democracy 
• Internet freedoms, net neutrality and encryption 
• Internet governance and rights-based frameworks

Panellists:

• Dr. Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
• Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, ABC
• Professor Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, United Nations

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Closing keynotes – How do we rise to the challenges? How do we embrace the opportunities?

[ 4:10-4:40pm ]

 

Speakers:

• Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Human Rights, Microsoft
• Aza Raskin, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Humane Technology

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Final remarks

[ 4:40-5:00pm ]

 

• Rosalind Croucher, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
• Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission