27th February 2019
By Tom Law

Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Council of Europe

#AIFINCoE Helsinki, Finlandia Hall, 26-27 February 2019

Event Description
With the emergence of new tools that employ artificial intelligence (AI) we are witnessing another technological revolution. It affects individuals, communities and institutions at multiple, interconnected and interdependent levels. The impacts of AI are everywhere and present opportunities as well as important challenges for the lives and futures of billions of people.

The overall aim of the Conference is to engage in a critical, open and inclusive discussion on how to address AI development to maximise benefits for society and minimise risks to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The conference will bring together high-level experts from governments, international organisations, businesses, technology, academia and research, civil society and the media. From the perspective of the Council of Europe’s core mandate and values, the debates will explore ways to ensure that emerging technologies are designed, developed and applied to create value for individuals, for democratic societies and for the viability of legal and institutional frameworks.


The EJN’s founder and president, Aidan White, spoke on a panel on AI and human rights.

This session will explore the impacts of AI powered techniques on the access to and exercise of the human rights enshrined in the European Convention, such as privacy and the freedom of expression.


  • Karen Yeung, Professor, Birmingham Law School & School of Computer Science


  • Michael O’Flaherty, Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Tamar Kaldani, Data Protection Commissioner, Georgia
  • Aidan White, President, Ethical Journalism Network Nani
  • Jansen Reventlow, Director, Digital Freedom Fund
  • Oliver Süme, Chairman of the Board of the Internet Industry Association (eco)

Below is a summary from social media posts about his interventions and the rest of the event.