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Protecting Human Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: Digital Pandemic Surveillance and the Right to Privacy

5 October, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM EDT

The application of machine learning (ML) and other artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities without careful consideration and due diligence can add additional layers of obscurity, complexity, and rapid scalability that may exacerbate threats to privacy and other rights.

This high-level multi-stakeholder panel – composed of experts from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector – aims to delve into the implications of increased surveillance on human rights, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowing in on contact tracing, the use of biometric and health-related data, and other technological interventions.

Drawing upon existing multi stakeholder initiatives, such as the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation Roadmap, discussions will explore pressing questions from varying perspectives to brainstorm efforts to work towards the protection of personal data and promotion digital rights in the fight against the pandemic and beyond.

Follow the live event at: https://www.accessnow.org/unga75-side-event or at UN Web TV webtv.un.org.

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5 October, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM EDT
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