This article is a narrative cover for a video prepared for a Build Peace 2020: Social Justice & Pandemic in the Digital Age”. Build Peace is a yearly gathering of peacebuilders exploring emerging challenges to peace in a digital era, and peacebuilding innovations to address these challenges. This year Build Peace was a Virtual Conference held on November 6–8, organized by Build Up and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in South Africa. As part of a “Surveillance Capitalism” sub-theme, the conference raised the questions of: How is the rise of surveillance capitalism affecting other conflict dynamics? How…

The impoverished have been hardest hit by pandemics and Covid19 will not be any different

With the idea to support policymakers to identify the most effective ways to minimize economic suffering and protect the health of some of the most vulnerable populations in this crisis, Omdena and AI for Peace are launching an “AI Pandemic Challenge”. In this challenge, a global community of more than 70 artificial intelligence and policy experts, from 21 countries on six continents, is collaborating to build AI models that reveal the direct and indirect impact of pandemic policies on the economic health of marginalized and impoverished communities. …

“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” Stephen Hawking

An AI sent the first warnings of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Google’s AI bested doctors in detecting breast cancer.

Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles online.

An AI-powered app is helping China’s remote villages fight poverty.

Leveraging AI to fight wildfires.

This secretive company might end privacy as we know it.

Top AI researchers fighting deepfakes.

Those are some of the many articles that attracted our attention since the beginning…

How did we depart in the last decade and what to expect in the new one?

On January 17–18 the World Peace Conference took place in Ontario, California. The Conference gathered hundreds of experts from the United States and around the world to discuss major issues, challenges, and solutions for creating sustainable peace in their regions, countries, communities and homes. From Nobel Peace Prize Winners and Nominees, survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, survivors of the Holocaust, to civil society leaders and change-makers, all of them shared their inspirational stories and invited for action.

AI for Peace Founder and Executive Director, Branka Panic, was invited as a speaker to join the Conference and present on the topic…

Humans, not machines are ultimately the biggest enemy and yet the biggest ally of Uyghurs

Every December since 1988, at a ceremony organized in Strasbourg, the European Parliament is awarding The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, to individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. This year the prize went to Ilham Tohti, economics professor at Beijing’s Minzu University and Uyghur rights activist. More than 700 parliamentarians gathered in the Quartier Européen to honor Ilham’s work. His name was printed in large letters on the stage where he was supposed to stand, and his photo was projected over a large screen facing the parliamentarians. Ilham was not able to receive the award personally…

If we can no longer trust our eyes or our ears, what are we going to do about it?

Rana Ayyub was sitting with a friend at a coffee shop when she first time saw it, her own face, falsely embedded on a porn scene, distributed not only to her but viral to the public. Rana was never filmed in a porn, and yet she saw with her very own eyes someone appearing as her in a compromising video. Someone wearing her face.

She was a victim of a deepfake porn attack as a response to her vocal stand against Kathua gang rape in India. Although she was previously the target of multiple far-right attacks, fake tweets and images…

AI is influencing human rights. But is AI a human right in itself?

Life, liberty, security and access to AI. This is certainly not how Universal Declaration of Human Rights sounds. But according to a group of AI industry experts, it should.

Earlier this year Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, a pioneer in cloud-based software, said that artificial intelligence is a “new human right”. Vivienne Ming, a theoretical neuroscientist, and AI expert introduced the same idea that we need to start thinking about AI as a human right. At first sight, for somebody who works in the field of human rights protection and comes from a developing country, this might seem exaggerated.

Big tech divide or more ethical and inclusive society?


Branka Panic

Exploring intersections of exponential technologies, peace-building and human rights. Founder and Executive Director of AI for Peace.

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