15:00 – 15:05 Introduction to the Policy Lab on Fundamental Rights in AI & Digital Societies: Towards an International Accord
Master of Ceremonies: Véronique Choquette, Senior Policy & Programme Development Advisor at Club de Madrid
15:05 – 15:15 Welcome Session
Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid, President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation & Co-Founder of the Boston Global Forum
15:15 – 15:25 Keynote Speech: ‘A human-centered digital age’.
Robin Kelly, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 2nd district
15:25 – 16:25 Plenary I: Setting the context for a rights-based international accord
Sub-committees’ Insights:
Paul Twomey, Fellow and Core Theme Leader at the Global Solutions Initiative; Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Commissioner of the Global Commission for Internet Governance and former CEO of ICANN
Jerry Jones, Advisor of CdM, Executive Vice-President, Ethics and Legal Officer, Live Ramp
Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission
Facilitator: Véronique Choquette, Senior Policy & Programme Development Advisor at Club de Madrid
Panel discussion
Hanna Suchocka, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Poland (1992-1993)
Kim Campbell, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
Paul Twomey, Fellow and Core Theme Leader at the Global Solutions Initiative; Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Commissioner of the Global Commission for Internet Governance and former CEO of ICANN
Jerry Jones, Advisor of Club de Madrid, Executive Vice-President, Ethics and Legal Officer, Live Ramp
Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission
16:25 – 17:25 Plenary II: Regional perspectives and models for the governance of AI and digital societies
Facilitator: Ramu Damodaran, First Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative (2010-21)
Panel discussion
Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia (2007-2010, 2013), Member of Club de Madrid, (video-message)
Iveta Radičová, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Slovakia (2010-2012)
Irene Braam, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation North America
Nanjira Sambuli, Fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David Bray, Director, Director, GeoTech Center and GeoTech Commission, Atlantic Council
Manuel Muñiz, Former Secretary of State for Global Spain at the Spanish Foreign Ministry
Marcelo Cabrol, Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Social Sector
17:25 – 17:30 Conclusions Day 1 and closing
15:00 – 15:05 Introduction
Master of Ceremonies: Véronique Choquette, Senior Policy & Programme Development Advisor at Club de Madrid
Plenary III: Current frameworks and agreements for AI International Accord
Facilitator: Véronique Choquette, Senior Policy & Programme Development Advisor at Club de Madrid
Lead speaker: Cameron Kerry, Former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Panel discussion
Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid, President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
Doris Leuthard, Member of Club de Madrid, President of the Swiss Confederation (2010 and 2017)
Nazli Choucri, Boston Global Forum Board Member and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO
Jutta Treviranus, Professor and Director of Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University
Carlos Santiso, Director, Digital Innovation in Government Directorate, Development Bank of Latin America – CAF
16:05 – 17:05 Plenary IV: A Global Alliance for Digital Governance
Facilitator: John Quelch, Dean of the University of Miami Herbert Business School
Lead speaker: Eva Kaili, Member of EU Parliament
Aminata Touré, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014)
Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum
Vilas Dhar, President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
Donara Barojan, Co-founder and CEO of Polltix
17:05 – 17:10 Conclusions Day 2
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15:00 – 15:05 Introduction
Master of Ceremonies: Véronique Choquette, Senior Policy & Programme Development Advisor at Club de Madrid
15:05 – 16:05 Plenary V: The United Nations Centennial Initiative: The Practice of Fundamental Rights in AI & Digital Societies
Facilitator: David Silbersweig, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director for Institute for the Neurosciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Professor
Lead speaker: Ramu Damodaran, Co-Chair of the United Nations Centennial Initiative
Panel discussion
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Member of Club de Madrid, President of Latvia (1999-2007)
Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance of Greece, Chair of the Global Strategy Group, OECD
Thomas Patterson, Research Director of The Michael Dukakis, Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School
Sean Cleary, Advisor of Club de Madrid, Executive vice-chair of the FutureWorld Foundation, Member of the Carnegie Council’s Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative’s Board of Advisors
Tran Dinh Thien, Professor, Senior Advisor to Vietnamese Prime Minister
16:05 – 17:05 Plenary VI: Building safer, equitable and trustworthy AI and digital societies: The AI International Accord (AIIA)
Facilitator: Willian Hoffman, Head of Data-Driven Development, World Economic Forum
Lead speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Director, MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs, “Making the New Social Contract Work”
Zlatko Lagumdžija, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2002)
Esko Aho, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995)
Gregor Strojin, Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI)
Karine Caunes, Global Program Director, Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP)
17:05 – 17:20 Closing words and next steps
Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum (BGF), Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation
María Elena Agüero, Secretary General of Club de Madrid (CdM)

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN AI & DIGITAL SOCIETIES:

TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL ACCORD

The digital revolution is shaking the foundations of our societies and the immediate rollout of AI technologies promises even more societal disruption. These technologies bring new opportunities for the enjoyment of human rights, but also new threats to their protection.

Policymakers around the world and at all levels of government are becoming more convinced of the need to ensure that digital technologies and AI serve the people and not the other way around. Club de Madrid and Boston Global Forum have partnered to narrow this gap between the digital and the policy world. Our joint Policy Lab aims to build consensus around a rights-based agenda for the global governance of AI and digital societies. 

Final Report with Annexes

Access the Final Report from Club de Madrid’s Policy Lab 2021 co-organised with the Boston Global Forum.
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Press releases

Global Forum on Fundamental Rights in AI & Digital Societies Ends with Call for Urgent Action to build International Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
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Global Forum on Fundamental Rights in AI & Digital Societies Highlights Central Role of United Nations Centennial Initiative
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In Advance of International Parley, New Book Pushes for Global Accords on Artificial Intelligence
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Featured speakers

Danilo Türk
Danilo Türk
President of Club de Madrid and President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
Aminata Touré
Aminata Touré
Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014) and Member of Club de Madrid
Paul Nemitz
Paul Nemitz
Principal Advisor in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission
Eva Kaili
Eva Kaili
Member of EU Parliament
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Director of the MIT Connection Science
Cameron Kerry
Cameron Kerry
Former Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Commerce
Michael Dukakis
Michael Dukakis
Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation; Co-Founder and Chairman of The Boston Global Forum; Former Governor of Massachusetts and Distinguished Professor of Northeastern University and UCLA
Gabriela Ramos
Gabriela Ramos
Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

Club de Madrid

Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers, who leverage their individual and collective leadership experience and global reach to strengthen inclusive democratic practice and improve the well-being of people around the world.

As a non-partisan and international non-profit organisation, it counts on the hands-on governance experience of more than 100 Members from over 70 countries, along with a global network of advisers and partners across all sectors of society.

This unique alliance stimulates dialogue, builds bridges and engages in advocacy efforts to strengthen public policies and effective leadership through recommendations that tackle challenges such as, inclusion, sustainable development and peace at the national and multilateral level.

Check out the policy recommendations from our past Policy Dialogues and Policy Labs on digital technology and AI

Digital Transformation and the Future of Democracy: How can Artificial Intelligence drive Democratic Governance?

Transatlantic Approaches on Digital Governance – A New Social Contract on Artificial Intelligence

For more on our work on tech, access ‘How we got here

Our partners

The Boston Global Forum (BGF), in collaboration with the United Nations Centennial Initiative, released a major work entitled Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.   More than twenty distinguished leaders, scholars, analysts, and thinkers put forth unprecedented approaches to the challenges before us. These include President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Governor Michael Dukakis, Father of Internet Vint Cerf, Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Harvard University Professors Joseph Nye and Thomas Patterson, MIT Professors Nazli Choucri and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and European Parliament Member Eva Kaili.  The BGF introduced core concepts shaping pathbreaking international initiatives, notably, the Social Contract for the AI Age, an AI International Accord, the Global Alliance for Digital Governance, the AI World Society (AIWS) Ecosystem, and AIWS City.

Boston Global Forum’s work on digital and AI governance

Remaking the World – the Age of Global Enlightenment

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Interview with Cameron Kerry, former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab’