Workshop 2020

Exploring promises of AI applications for civil society participation in policy-making processes at the national and international levels

University of Geneva, Online, 10 & 11 December 2020

Workshop coordinated by Jérôme Duberry, PhD. (University of Geneva, CCDSEE, GSI) and Sabrya Hamidi (University of Geneva, CCDSEE, GSI).

PROGRAMME

This workshop brings together social and computer scientists and policy experts to explore the promises of artificial intelligence (AI) applications on civil society participation in policy processes. We wish to adopt a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial approach to envisage national and global policy-making processes. The first day will focus on how AI can support citizen participation in local and national policy-making processes, and the second day will focus on the participation of civil society organizations in global policy-making processes. Due to the diversity of AI applications, and its ongoing developments, we adopt a broad definition of this technology: “the capacity of an information processing system to adapt to its environment while operating with insufficient knowledge and resources” (Wang, 2019, p.17).

This workshop will consist of a series of panels followed by group discussions. In addressing these and other wider themes, this workshop thus investigates several overarching questions, including but not limited to the following:

  1. What is the future of policy-making at the national and international levels? 
  2. How AI is / can be included in policy-making at the national and international levels? 
  3. What can we learn from the digitization of policy-making processes? 
  4. How can AI support the participation of civil society participation in policy-making at the national and international levels? 
  5. Under what conditions can AI support the participation of civil society participation in policy-making at the national and international levels? 
  6. What is the role of large tech companies in policy-making processes (i.e. governance through technological infrastructure)? 

To connect:
THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Contacts:

Jérôme Duberry: jerome.duberry@unige.ch

Sabrya Hamidi : sabrya.hamidi@unige.ch