Deputy Director, Center for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada
Philippe-André Rodriguez is the Deputy Director of the Center for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada, and a Professor of Practice at McMaster University. He previously served as senior advisor at Canada’s Privy Council Office on issues related to digital, platforms, and artificial intelligence governance. Prior to joining the Canadian government, he was a Fellow at Yale Law School, and completed a PhD at the University of Oxford. His research has been published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the European Review of History, and the Human Rights Review, among others.
This interactive session will enable panellists to discuss varied digital inclusion efforts in their unique contexts in order to together derive a more nuanced view of digital divides and inclusion efforts. It will enable participants to draw on empirical lessons from research and practice to recalibrate their focus on promoting access to rather promoting meaningful, equitable access - or digital equality - while also addressing the risks that accompany access to and use of digital technologies.
Launched in April 2020 and mandated until the 2021 Freedom Online Conference, the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence has responded to the challenges and opportunities brought about by the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing a space for members of the Freedom Online Coalition and the Advisory Network to promote human rights respecting AI. This panel session will reflect on the progress of the Task Force toward advancing the application of the international human rights framework to the global governance of AI.