Technology has expanded far beyond its sector, reaching into core business functions and daily life. Meanwhile, there is increasing evidence of biased data sets that further perpetuate discriminatory practices in healthcare delivery, creditworthiness and surveillance, making a comprehensive approach to ethical AI advocacy supported by robust engagement increasingly vital.
This past June, over 8,100 participants—2,000+ in person—confronted the risks of new technology at The RightsCon conference in Costa Rica. From freedom of media, Indigenous rights, and ethical AI to tech companies supporting democracy, emerging technologies, and the AI supply chain, attendees from 174 countries gathered to debate human rights in the digital age.
As investors we must understand the risks and opportunities posed by new technology, which, when used without proper governance, ethics, or attention to UNGP-aligned human rights, can cause real harm. I represented this perspective in person at RightsCon, speaking on panels about responsible business conduct in conflict-affected regions and US shareholder resolutions filed with Big Tech. Along with many other stakeholders, I advocated for supporting strong global regulatory systems, demanding company accountability and transparency, and aligning investments and engagement activities with convictions.
Read on to learn more about RightsCons including:
- Human rights and ethical considerations across the value chain
- Enhanced due diligence in conflict affected areas
- 2023 US AGM Season with Big Tech