The last year has seen a surge of interest in AI and human rights. Governments have included human rights obligations in their AI strategies, the IEEE lists human rights as a first principle for ethical AI design, and tech companies have appealed to international human rights law in their AI policies. At the same time, tensions have emerged around AI ethics vs. human rights; the value of human rights for AI policy and practice; and the ability for emerging technologies to be governed. This study group will examine these developments through key readings and discussions. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of technology and human rights, the potential for rights-based policy solutions, and related challenges in the AI space.
Spots are limited. Please send your resume to along with a short paragraph of your academic or professional interest to Pradeepan Parthiban, Tech + Human Rights RA, at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 16th.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis—earlier submissions will have a higher chance of acceptance. If applying, please ensure your availability for the entirety of all three session dates and times listed below.
The study group will take place three times over the Fall 2019 semester on the following dates:
Session 1: October 1st WEX 102
Session 2: November 12th WEX 102
Session 3: December 3rd R-229
All sessions will take place from 11:45am to 1pm and lunch will be provided.
Please see attached syllabus for session topics and assigned reading