IP3 at World Summit for Information Society 2020

WSIS Thematic Workshop 15 July 2020 12:00 to 13:00

Living the standard – how can the Information and Knowledge Society live to an ethical and FAIR Standard and leave nobody behind.

  • What role does a Codes of Ethics play?
  • The role of Law and Regulation in complementing Codes of Ethics to improve the public’s trust in goods and services that use technologies including AI.
  • How can we create Trust in Digital?
  • Does a digitally skilled citizenry drive economic growth in all countries?

We will discuss

  • Capacity Building, specifically building capacity and trust in the supply-side of ICT (WSIS AL C4)
  • Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs AL C5) What concrete steps can be taken by different parties in the wake of the growth of cyber-crime, which has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can IFIP, AI for Good, non-profit organizations (e.g. Rotary), and security specialist organizations such as ECSO work together to reduce the scourge? Confidence and trust will be built as the Information Society – including consumers and users – becomes better educated on Digital Skills.
  • Ethical Dimension of ICT (AL C10) Digital Ethics and Trust are being spoken about at every level. But how do we live an ethical life, without having to consult a Code of Ethics? Is Trust reinforced by ethical behavior?

We will ask the following questions:

  • Should an exemplar Code of Ethics, recently created by IFIP, be used as a starting point and if necessary be amended and augmented to suit specific situations? The plethora of Codes of Ethics – some 180+, does not improve the situation and allows people to pick the one that suits them best (confirmation bias).
  • Should we create and refine a body of knowledge, and an education program around how to behave as an ICT professional? The FAIR principle should dominate, must be included to the benefit of all: FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. Although this standard was set for data, it is applicable to every digital resource.



Moira de Roche IP3 chair – will chair the workshop

Project Partner Rotary Senior official – representing organizational leaders (To be confirmed)

CSTD & IFIP: A Min Tjoa (TBC)– Vice-chair CSTD representing the IT community

Don Gotterbarn – ICT Ethics specialist chair and writer of ACM and IFIP code of conduct

Liesbeth Ruoff – member of CEN TC 428 representing the perspective of ICT professionalism

Anthony Wong – Vice President IFIP, technologist and lawyer, speaking on “As generally Codes of Ethics are not legally binding, have Law and Regulation stepped in to complement the gaps to improve the public’s trust in goods and services that use new technologies including AI?”

After a session introduction of no more than three minutes, each panelist will speak from three to five minutes. The remaining time will allow for questions from delegates, as well as further exploration into the topics by the panelists.

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