Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Issue Date April 2019
Volume 30
Issue 2
Page Numbers 115-126
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Rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and increased reliance upon AI by both governments and the private sector have led to rising concern about potential negative implications for human dignity, democratic accountability, and the bedrock principles of free societies. We need a global governance framework to address the wide range of societal challenges associated with AI, including threats to privacy, information access, and the right to equal protection and nondiscrimination. Rather than working to develop new frameworks from scratch, we argue that the challenges associated with AI can best be confronted by drawing on the existing international human-rights framework.

About the Authors

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe, executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator and adjunct professor at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, is former U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Megan MacDuffee Metzger

Megan MacDuffee Metzger is research scholar and associate director for research at the Global Digital Policy Incubator.

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