Nighat Dad, the executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), has been appointed to the high-level advisory board on Artificial Intelligence (AI) by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. This prestigious 39-member board consists of accomplished individuals from around the world and will primarily focus on addressing the global governance of AI.
The interim recommendations of the advisory board, expected by the end of the year, will concentrate on three main areas: international AI governance, generative AI, and shared understanding of the risks and challenges associated with the deployment of these technologies. Moreover, the board aims to explore opportunities and mechanisms for utilizing AI to expedite the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Nighat Dad’s appointment to the board was announced by the United Nations’ Pakistan chapter, which praised her contributions. The Digital Rights Foundation executive director expressed her gratitude for the appointment, acknowledging the opportunities and challenges presented by AI. Dad also emphasized the importance of recognizing potential human rights issues that may affect marginalized communities worldwide as new technologies are embraced.
Being a member of this high-level advisory board allows Dad to bring a global majority world perspective to discussions on the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence. Her presence will ensure a focus on human rights and the impact of AI on marginalized communities.
By joining forces with other accomplished individuals on the board, Nighat Dad will play a crucial role in shaping policies and strategies related to AI governance, generative AI, and addressing the risks associated with these technologies. Together, they will work towards harnessing the potential of AI to accelerate the realization of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
As the world advances in technology, the need for effective governance of AI becomes paramount. With Nighat Dad’s inclusion in the high-level advisory board, there is newfound hope for ensuring that AI is developed and deployed in a manner that prioritizes human rights and benefits all communities, especially those that are most vulnerable.
This appointment emphasizes the United Nations’ commitment to promoting a global dialogue on responsible AI governance and sustainable development. It will pave the way for valuable discussions and collaborations that will shape the future of AI technology and its impact on society.
Nighat Dad’s expertise and experience in advocating for digital rights and safeguarding human rights in the digital age make her a valuable addition to the advisory board. Her membership will not only benefit the global community but also serve as an inspiration for advocates and activists working towards a more inclusive and rights-based approach to technology.
Moving forward, the high-level advisory board on AI will continue its endeavors to provide recommendations and guidance on the governance and deployment of AI technologies. The focus on international AI governance, generative AI, and understanding the associated risks and challenges will contribute to a more responsible and ethical implementation of AI worldwide.