Democracy and A.I.: Rethinking Rights for Digital Challenges

Add to Calendar 2023-03-31 13:00:00 2023-03-31 16:00:00 Democracy and A.I.: Rethinking Rights for Digital Challenges Event details: Regenstein Library, Room 122 Chicago - US University of Chicago Law School America/Chicago public

Regenstein Library, Room 122
1100 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60647
United States

Open to the public

Join us for a conversation about the challenges that artificial intelligence and technology pose to Democracy.

Human rights aims to protect, support, and see the flourishing universal rights, human dignity, and democracies—irrespective of identity or origins. Yet, artificial intelligence is disrupting traditional legal orders, bypassing regulation, reordering social, and replacing traditional bureaucratic decision systems with computational ones.

Evidence demonstrates that internet communication platforms have a significant impact on democracy and the self-determination of citizens. Corporations and governments use it to ingest massive amounts of data, producing asymmetries for citizens for due process when used for sentencing or predictive policing. Algorithmic technology disrupts traditional forms of social interaction and collective ways of understanding the world.

This directly challenges the human rights project. If algorithmic technology transforms the social world, how can the idea of human rights find itself in this new social context?


  • Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University


  • Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago
  • David Gunkel, Professor of Media Studies, Northern Illinois University 
  • Torsten Reimer, University Librarian and Dean of the University Library, University of Chicago

Lightning presentations by UChicago students will follow.

This event is presented by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

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