Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion Symposium

Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers Official Meeting

Symposium Artificial Inteligence and Inclusion


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies have started to shape important parts of the digital economy and affect core areas of our increasingly networked societies. Whether transportation or manufacturing, social justice or health and education, AI has the potential to deeply impact our lives and shape our individual and collective futures in ways both visible and hidden. The promise of AI-based technologies is enormous, and benefits range from efficiency gains to unprecedented improvements of quality of life. The challenges and potential risks are equally staggering, for instance when considering the uncertainty regarding the future of labor or the emergence of new power structures outside the control of existing governance and accountability frameworks. More specifically, the uneven access to and impact of AI and related technologies on often marginalized populations, which include urban and rural poor communities, women, youth, LGBTQ, ethnic and racial groups, people with disabilities - and particularly those at the intersection of these marginalized groups - contribute to the disturbing risk of amplifying digital inequalities across the world.

Five years after an inaugural Symposium focused on structural changes and tipping points of Internet-driven developments, the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) is invited to reunite as a growing global community of almost 80 Centers and meet from November 8-10, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro to identify, explore, and address the opportunities and challenges of AI as we seek to build a better, more inclusive, and diverse world together. The event, co-hosted on behalf of the NoC by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and part of the Ethics and Governance of AI initiative, will bring together representatives from the NoC Centers from around the globe as well as invited guests and collaborators from advocacy, philanthropy, media, policy, and industry to address both the opportunities and challenges of AI-based technologies through the lens of inclusion, broadly conceived.

At its core, the Symposium seeks to identify, map, understand, and address the manifold issues around AI and Inclusion from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a particular focus on dimensions of inclusion. A complex set of issues exists concerning the geographic divide between the Global North and the Global South when it comes to the development, design, and application of AI-based technologies, and the Symposium will explore these topics and issues from the perspective of different actors and by looking at a set of thematic core areas, including rights and information flows, health and wellbeing, education, low-resource communities, public safety and security, employment and workplace, and entertainment, media and journalism, among others. The goals of the event are to deepen our shared understanding of AI inclusion challenges and opportunities, to identify and discuss areas for research, education or action, and inform and incubate new projects and other collaborative efforts among the NoC participants and collaborators.

The event will be highly interactive and participatory. The organizers are committed to offering a variety of venues and formats in which knowledge and experiences can be shared, also acknowledging cultural differences and preferences in terms of modes of engagement.

If you are a Network of Centers member, or are interested in learning more about the symposium, please email

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (All day) to Friday, November 10, 2017 (All day)
Praça Mauá, 1 - Centro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil - Zip Code: 20081-262