Workshop - AI & Gender: A Human Rights Toolbox


Event details

Date and time 13.02.2020 10:0014:00  
Place and room
Speaker Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, Asako Hattori, human rights officer at the Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section
Category Conferences - Seminars
The Digital Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Equal Opportunities Office will host an interactive workshop on ‘AI & Gender: A Human Rights Toolbox’ for students on the EPFL Campus.
Using gender as a prism to understand a human rights framework that underscores AI, the interactive workshop will foster reflection on the stereotypes, biases and gendered roles of both women and men, with the intention of understanding what real-life constraints hinder equality in the working environments and the output of computer scientists and engineers.
The workshop will increase participant awareness of the relevance of gender and bias in their work and to their workplace and provides a unique opportunity to develop, deepen, and apply gender equality learnings, putting learning into action, ultimately leading to better decision-making, excellence in science, and improved practices.

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman is the CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, a growing global Swiss civil society organization based in Geneva, and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping women gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: the economy; technology; sustainability; and democracy and governance. She frequently curates interactive workshops on gender-related issues such as trade, standards, data, smart cities and technology. She has most recently spoken at the UN Office at Geneva, Economic Commission for Europe, International Telecommunication Union, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, MozFest, Paris Peace Forum, Internet Governance Forum, and the Global Refugee Forum. She is a founder of the Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms.

Asako Hattori serves as a human rights officer at the Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights– – OHCHR). Previously, she served at the Secretariat of the United Nations human rights treaty bodies, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At UN Human Rights, she has also worked on economic, social and cultural rights, land and human rights, gender stereotyping, digital technologies and women’s rights

Learning outcomes
Upon completion students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  • Explain a human rights based approach to AI ;
  • Identify the relevance of different sources of bias;
  • Analyze how gender bias has occurred or can occur in the research, design and development of AI;
  • Apply how and when to use gender inclusive tools and techniques to mitigate gender bias in AI;
  • Evaluate concrete methods to integrate gender into design, planning and implementation of AI projects.
Who is this workshop for?
EPFL undergraduate and graduate students

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Practical information

  • General public
  • Registration required