Session: Human Rights and Responsible AI
Communication and free speech are basic human rights. Though digital communication has made our communication efficient, it has also made it vulnerable to censorship. In this session, we will understand the scope and scale of internet shutdowns, censorship and surveillance that attempts to challenge the open and trusted internet. This quick overview will include an introduction to the underlying cryptographic primitives and how they are often used in these systems. The session will include the example of the Russia-Ukraine war to discuss the surge in usage of end-to-end encrypted (E2E) communication channels like Signal and Instagram that offered E2E for Private Messaging. The second half of the session presented here on responsible AI is drawn from my partial work submitted as the Master’s Research Project at Johns Hopkins University. We will evaluate the ethical and societal implications of AI and discuss the open problems in machine learning that include systemic unintended bias, fairness and data privacy. The session will also highlight the challenges of decentralized training of data in federated learning.
- Learn about the cryptographic primitives and how they are implemented in systems
- Digital Constitutionalism
- Privacy and Surveillance; Internet shutdowns and disruptions
- Building Human Rights-centered AI: Fair, Reliable, Accountable, Transparent and Secure
Sunitha Narayan is an investor and a former entrepreneur with a deep passion for technology products. She has experience building and scaling innovative products. She is a graduate from Johns Hopkins University, MS in Computer Science with a minor in Cryptography, and holds a certificate in Product Strategy from Kellogg. She was featured on national media including The Hindu, (leading national daily in India) for building an electric vehicle prototype that was immediately adopted by the State Government of India. Sunitha was also among the few women selected for a prominent national initiative that involved a nation-wide odyssey to work with technology and social entrepreneurs to drive change. She has founded several chapters for women - professionals, teachers, students & researchers - to support mentorship, allyship & career development. She is passionate about women in the STEM field and the Tech industry.