Organised by

UNESCO Communication and Information (CI) Sector

Internet Society (ISOC)

In order to reflect on the significant impact of emerging and smart technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) on UNESCO’s core mandate to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image and build inclusive knowledge societies, UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) Sector, in partnership with Internet Society (ISOC), will be organizing an open discussion on “Harnessing AI to Foster Knowledge Societies and Good Governance” following the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in November 2018 in Paris, France.

This event will be dedicated to unpacking the technological, ethical, political, social, and legal implications of the development and application of AI. The event is conceived as an open forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on these issues to explore policies, practices, measures and mechanisms needed for harnessing AI to advance knowledge societies and good governance.


08:30‑09:00 Registration of Participants and Coffee
09:00‑09:30 Opening Remarks and introductory keynote(s):
  • Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy and International Organizations, Internet Society
  • Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director General, Communication andInformation Sector, UNESCO
09:30‑10:00 Artificial Intelligence – What is it all about?
  • IGF Best practice forum representative
  • Dr. Ansgar Koene, Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science - Ethics, Rights, Privacy on the internet

What is being done at the international level to consider AI in sustainable development and good governance?

  • Dr. Cherif Diallo, Director of information technologies and ICT, Ministry of Communications, Telecommunications, Postal Services and the Digital Economy, Senegal
  • H. E. Mr Federico Salas Lotfe Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Mexico to UNESCO
10:00-10:30 Coffee and networking Break
10:30-11:45 Session 1: AI Advocacy

Chair: Lars-Erik Forsberg, Deputy Head of Unit, Policy Outreach & International Affairs, DG CNECT, European Commission


  • Paula Forteza, French Member of Parliament
  • Melody Patry, Advocacy Director, Access Now
  • Gasper Hrastelj, Deputy Secretary-General, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Davor Orlic, Senior Project Manager, Jozef Stefan Institute, Chief Operating Officer, K4ALL foundation
  • Brigitte Lasry, Head of University Network, Netexplo
  • Dr. Etienne Parizot, founding member, JamaisSansElles, Professor, Université Paris Diderot – Paris-VII

Rapporteur: ISOC France

11:45-13:00 Session 2: Human rights and AI

Chair: Dr. Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator


  • Mohamed Farahat, Lawyer and coordinator of the legal aid project of the Egyptian foundation for refugee rights
  • Michael J. Oghia, Communications manager, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  • Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
  • Katie Evans, PhD researcher on the ethics of AI
  • Dr. François Bertrand, Deputy Director-General, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Hawa Ba, Senegal Country Officer, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

Rapporteur: ISOC France

14:00‑15:00 Lunch
15:00‑15:30 Session 3: Translating ROAM principles into AI governance and practice through an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder approach

Chair: Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO

Keynote : David Souter, Research Associate, Oxford Internet Institute, UNESCO commissioned author on Internet Universality indicators


  • Matthias Spielkamp, Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
  • Dr. Małgorzata Bielenia, Assistant Professor, University of Business and
    Administration, Gdynia, Poland
  • Victor Akinwande, Data Engineer, Oltranz
  • Paul Massen, Chief, Country Support, Open Government Partnership
  • Dr. Alexandre Barbosa, Head of the Center of Studies for Information and Communications Technologies, CETIC.BR

Rapporteur: ISOC France

15:45‑17:00 Session 4: Understanding Openness and inclusiveness in the age of advanced ICTs

Chair: Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO


  • Dr. Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and political theory
  • Dr. Maria Fasli, Professor, University of Exete, UNESCO chair on Data Science
  • Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD
  • Dr. John Shawe-Taylor, Professor, University College London, K4ALL Foundation, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence
  • Daewon Kim, Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Ethics, Kakao
  • Dr. Hugo Cyr, Dean of the Faculty of Political science and Law, UQAM
  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Professor, Université Laval, COMEST member

Rapporteur: ISOC France

17:00‑18:00 Debriefing from Rapporteurs on each session 1-4
Outcomes and proposals
  • Moderators and Rapporteurs
18:00‑18:30 Keynote address
Closing Remarks and Next steps
  • Host
  • Raul Echeberria or Olaf Kolkman, Internet Society
  • Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director General, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
18:30‑20:00 Cocktail