Date: 
Friday 1 February 2019

The Australian Human Rights Commission and the World Economic Forum are working together to explore models of governance and leadership in artificial intelligence in Australia.

This partnership focuses on the practical challenge of ensuring rising levels of innovation in AI technologies are governed in a way that protects our human rights and values.  It supports the work being led by Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow on human rights and technology.

The Commission and the World Economic Forum have released a White Paper to guide a consultation process, which asks whether Australia needs an organisation to take a central role in promoting responsible innovation in AI and what such an organisation might look like.

The consultation the Commission has conducted on the White Paper, as well as the Human Rights and Technology Project’s Issues Paper, will be considered in the Commission’s proposals for reform in a Discussion Paper due to be published in mid-2019.

"In our first round of consultation, I asked whether Australia needs a better system of governance to harness the benefits of AI while protecting human rights. Early data analysis indicates the answer to this question is yes,” Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said.

“AI is changing our lives fundamentally, and this change will only increase. So, it is important we carefully consider how AI can best protect human rights, while ensuring Australia makes the most of the economic and other opportunities that AI brings.

“The White Paper consultation process will bring together domestic and international experts to consider the challenge of AI governance and provide a practical, considered blueprint for a way forward.”

Written submissions in response to the White Paper are due by 5pm on 8 March 2019. Details of how to make a submission can be found here