AI for a fairer and inclusive digital society

The position of the Pontifical Academy

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"We must never forget that behind every byte collected there are real people. We can’t forget that the data we collect and feed into artificial constructs are traces left by real human beings, even if we have no idea of who they are.  Never forget that we profile real people, not mathematical models or simulations".

So said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, in his speech to the XXI Infopoverty World Conference (December 3, 2021).

Fr. Andrea Ciucci, Pontifical Academy for Life, insisted (fourth session): Today we can build towers that reach the skies, thanks in part to our common digital language. I hope our project will protect difference and help us be wise in our dwelling on this planet. If not, we might well tragically share in the curse inflicted on our Biblical forefathers.

HOW TO BUILD A FAIRER AND MORE INCLUSIVE DIGITAL SOCIETY? These are the topics of the XXI Infopoverty World Conference, on December 3, 2021, virtually and viewed on the UN Webcast. Remaining firm on its important mission of fighting poverty using innovative digital technologies, the Infopoverty World Conference was first established in 2001 with the launch of the Millennium Development Goals.

Organized by OCCAM with UN-GAID, and under the patronage of the European Parliament, the event hosted over 2000 top-level eminent panelists. Throughout the years, the Conference has continuously addressed the advancements brought about by the Digital Revolution and has progressively discovered and launched best practice models in the fields of telemedicine, e-learning, e-agriculture, and e-finance, followed by their successful implementation in many African and Latin American remote villages and disadvantaged communities.