The head of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Nighat Dad, was named to the high-level advisory board on artificial intelligence (AI) by António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, on Friday.
The advisory board, which is made up of 39 accomplished and well-known people from around the world, will focus on the global governance of AI. Their interim recommendations, which are due by the end of the year, will cover three main areas: international AI governance, generative AI, and a shared understanding of the risks and challenges that come with using these technologies.
In order to speed up the process of meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the advising board will also look into ways and chances to use AI.
The UN chapter in Pakistan shared the news about Dad’s appointment to the board on X.
“@NighatDad, Executive Director of @DigitalRightsPK, is now a member of the High-level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Very well done!” It was started by UNSG Antonio Guterres and will help the world’s attempts to regulate AI.
Congratulations to @NighatDad, Executive Director of @DigitalRightsPK, who is now a member of the High-level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Launched by UNSG @AntonioGuterres, it will support the international community’s efforts to govern artificial intelligence. pic.twitter.com/CO31B0vyjp
— United Nations Pakistan – اقوام متحدہ پاکستان (@UNinPak) October 27, 2023
The DRF executive director said this about his new, important role: “I am honoured to serve on this high-level advisory board focused on the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which brings opportunities but also presents significant challenges.” I’m excited to bring a global majority world view to our discussions and stress how important it is to be aware of the human rights problems that may arise for disadvantaged groups around the world as we adopt new technologies.
Dad also said that her goal is to deal with the threats and weaknesses that these groups face in real time, shed light on new problems by looking at them through an intersectional lens, and think about how to govern AI around the world.
Privileged to be included in the UN Secretary General @antonioguterres High-Level Advisory Body on AI alongside distinguished individuals from around the world. Looking forward to address one of the most critical issues of our age: global governance of AI https://t.co/pGeuwVt99e pic.twitter.com/fkRQKu1GZ2
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) October 26, 2023