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Keynote Lecture 1 & Plenary 1

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | 17:30 - 19:00 |


Keynote Lecture | Co-creating our digital future: intersections of innovation and governance

This keynote will focus on UNESCO’s work in the field of Digital Innovation and Transformation, with an emphasis on the Organization’s current process to develop a standard-setting instrument in the field of the ethics of artificial intelligence. Specifically, the keynote will highlight UNESCO’s R.O.A.M approach, underlining the need to develop paradigms for digital governance and public policies in the field of artificial intelligence that are human-rights based, open, accessible, and multi-stakeholder. This talk will explore new models for multi-stakeholder approaches to public policy development that facilitate practice and data-driven policies and frameworks for digital governance based on inclusive deliberation and decision-making models that leave no one behind.

Plenary Session | Is AI recovering (or further eroding) trust in government institutions?


Sasha Rubel



Sasha Rubel is programme specialist in the Digital Innovation and Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO. In this framework, she coordinates the Organization's work on artificial intelligence, digital transformation, and internet governance. From 2013-2018, Sasha was liaison officer to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa and Advisor in the Sahel for issues related to digital transformation and innovation. A former student of the École Normale Supérieure, she holds an MA in anthropology and new media studies, and has undertaken a PHD in the anthropology of new technologies and digital transformation.


Tomasz Janowski
Gdańsk University of Technology


Steering Committee Chair
Elsa Estevez
Universidad Nacional del Sur
Mihailo Jovanovic
Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment
Theresa Pardo
University at Albany (SUNY)