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Democracy, human rights, and the rule of law by design for artificial intelligence

Paul Nemitz (European Commission)
4:50pm–5:30pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Everyone will find value in this presentation.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the risks of AI to individuals and society
  • Familiarity with how society, politics, and the law react to new technologies

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to design justice-oriented AI development processes that ensure sustained acceptance of AI systems in society and by law and how to avoid reputational and financial damage from AI that is not societally or legally acceptable


The advent of artificial intelligence requires a new innovation model. With the learning, judging, and deciding machine becoming ever more pervasive, it is necessary to insert by design and default the basic rules of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law into the innovation processes of artificial intelligence.

Drawing on existing and past technology regulation and their implementations in the US and Europe as well as lessons learned from the cycles of rule making related to risks that are invisible or difficult to understand for individuals, such as those from smoking, atomic energy, or risks to abuse of personal data, Paul Nemitz outlines justice-oriented AI development processes and shares a model for globally sustainable development and deployment of artificial intelligence in the future.

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Paul Nemitz

European Commission

Paul Nemitz is principal adviser of the European Commission on strategic justice issues. Previously, he was director for human rights and citizenship, leading reform of privacy law in Europe, and lead negotiator of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and of the code of conduct against hate speech and incitement to violence on the internet.