IEEE @ WSIS Forum 2018

IEEE at WSIS Forum 2018
19-23 March

IEEE participated in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 in Geneva, 19-23 March. The Forum represented the world’s largest annual gathering of the “Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for development” community, gathering global multi-stakeholders to discuss the role of ICTs as a means of implementation for the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IEEE participated in the following programs:

IEEE and the Sustainable Development Goals
19 March 2018

Paul Cunningham, Chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, lent his perspectives in this session, which placed a particular emphasis on the work of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (including funding calls for Projects, Events and SIGHT activities), IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (including the SSIT Standards Committee and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT), and IEEE Humanitarian & Philanthropic Activities.

IEEE intervention at High Level Policy Segment
20 March 2018

IEEE Past President Karen Bartleson delivered IEEE’s intervention at the High-Level Policy segment of the meeting. Policy statements are delivered by high-ranking officials of the WSIS stakeholder community, representing the government, private sector, civil society, academia and international organizations. Bartleson shared IEEE’s support for the WSIS process and working together with stakeholders to develop tangible and actionable programs, while providing insights and bringing to light the ethical issues and challenges related to technology development around Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (AI/AS).

IEEE facilitated High-level Policy Sessions
20-21 March 2018

Deepak Maheshwari, IEEE Internet Initiative Chair, and Moira Patterson, Global Affairs Program Director, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), served as High-Level Track Facilitators during WSIS Forum High-Level Policy Sessions, which are organized around themes identified as important by the WSIS stakeholders.

IEEE Panel Discussion: Achieving SDGs Through Ethically Aligned Design
22 March 2018

This Thematic Workshop was set in the context of IEEE’s Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems-an Initiative that addresses 13 dimensions of ethical and human rights issues, including those related to economics, society, personal data and individual access, law and policy, and that has working groups in Brazil, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Russian Federation and North America. From the Initiative’s Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Version II, speakers provided perspectives on the issues of the new trust dynamic from a set of principles rooted in responsibility, transparency and human centricity.

Moderated by John Havens, IEEE Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, speakers discussed the criticality of building a new, human-centric narrative of purpose around and for technology and science, as well as the importance of reclaiming our digital identity in the algorithmic age and developing metrics that capture the well-being of people, not as an “externality” of global production chains and markets. Through an interactive and dynamic dialogue with participants, speakers explored how society must encourage people, businesses and communities involved in technology development and deployment to collectively and individually assume their part of anticipative responsibility and how we can take care to proactively ensure that the systems are designed in such a way that their outcomes are as much as possible truly beneficial for humanity, while mitigating predictable risks already at the inception and design phase, and not as an afterthought.