Ethics, Peace and Development: AI and Social Media Research within the United Nations

Dr. Michael Best
When: September 5, 2018 @ 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: THH (Taper Hall) 301
Audiences: All are welcome to attend
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This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


AI is an increasingly prominent issue across the UN system, particularly driven by the personal interests of Secretary General António Guterres. We will present results emanating from a new framework for ethical AI which we developed to help UN stakeholders along with ministers and regulators from member states think about relevant policy action. Also, we will overview a system developed to aggregate and analyze communications from a variety of online platforms (SMS, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, and others). This system has been used to support real-time understanding and response during national elections across Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.


Michael L. Best is associate professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studies the role of computers and communication technologies in social, economic, and political development. He was founding director of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society in Macau, SAR China. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and has served as director of Media Lab Asia in India and head of the eDevelopment group at the MIT Media Lab.

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