Digital Liberation: Human Rights in the Age of AI

Join us to explore the future of human rights under the lens of AI.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


December 01, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$10 (online) - $15 (at the door)

Artificial intelligence is shifting our understanding of human rights like no other technology. Simultaneously regarded as the 21st century’s biggest hope and most dire threat coming from the tech world, AI has sparked considerable debates on ethics and policy within companies, governments, and international organizations.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco invite you to explore the future of human rights under the lens of AI. An interdisciplinary panel of experts discuss ways to harness human rights to curb emerging AI-related risks and ensure the technology contributes to human dignity, equality, and justice.


6:00pm — doors open
6:30pm — introduction
6:45pm — panel discussion
8:00pm — networking
9:30pm — doors close


Amir Banifatemi

Amir Banifatemi is an entrepreneur, investor, and innovation strategist. He is the General Manager of Innovation and Growth and leading AI initiatives with the XPRIZE foundation. He is a co-founder the AI Commons Initiative, and co-founder and curator of the AI for Good Global Summit with the ITU and UN Agencies. He has managed two venture capital funds and continues to support and advise companies and initiatives with a focus on exponential technologies and transformation of humanity and society. He advocates democratic access to innovation for all. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical and Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne, a Doctorate in Systems Design from the University Paris Descartes as well as an MBA from HEC Paris.
Cynthia M. Wong

Cynthia M. Wong is the senior researcher on the Internet and human rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Wong worked as an attorney at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and as director of their Project on Global Internet Freedom. She conducted much of the organization’s work promoting global Internet freedom, with a particular focus on international free expression and privacy. She also served as co-chair of the Policy & Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multi-stakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector. Prior to joining CDT, Wong was the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights in China (HRIC). There, she contributed to the organization’s work in the areas of business and human rights and freedom of expression online. Wong earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as a senior articles editor for NYU's Review of Law & Social Change. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Prior to law school, she worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gisela Perez de Acha

Gisela Perez de Acha is a Mexican human rights lawyer and journalist specialized in freedom of expression, privacy and gender in the digital environment. As an international speaker, she has sought to bring a non-white and non-Western approach to the discourse around technology. Before devoting herself full-time to finding new narratives at the Grad School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, Gisela was a public policy analyst at NGO Derechos Digitales where she mostly researched malware and algorithmic accountability in Latin America. After the deadly earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, she also became an expert in fact-checking and social media verification strategies to counter online misinformation.
Scott P. Campbell

Scott P. Campbell is Senior Human Rights Officer of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where he leads their work on technology and human rights in the Silicon Valley area. He has served as Africa Section Chief for UN Human Rights in Geneva, and Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Campbell worked with international and local NGOs over two decades, including Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Law Group/Global Rights where he was responsible for programs in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

swissnex Salon

The swissnex Salon is a new model for dialogue on how the future of our society is shaped: a platform that includes multiple perspectives and provides a critical lens on possible emergent futures. Taking inspiration from the values articulated within the Preamble of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation, we examine the role of technology in shaping, distorting, and expanding societal foundations.

Photo: Secretary Kerry Concludes Address to Delegates at the UN Human Rights Council by the US Department of StateCC-BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.