December 07, 2021 @ 13:15 – December 07, 2021 @ 14:45


The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to an online event addressing the significance of gender issues in the development and deployment of military artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The event will be an opportunity to present findings from UNIDIR research about gender bias in data collection, algorithms, and computer processing and their implications for AI military systems. Panellists will reflect on the challenges associated with AI systems’ development and deployment in specific contexts. Drawing on various human rights and gender equality frameworks, as well as the ongoing multilateral process on LAWS, panellists will consider possible avenues for countering AI bias and mitigating harm. In doing so, the discussion will seek to chart a path for technology development that promotes — rather than hinders — gender equity and contributes to gender mainstreaming in the military.

Welcoming Remarks
• Dr. Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director, UNIDIR.
• Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in Geneva.
Presentation and panel discussion
• Dr. Kate Chandler, Georgetown University / UNIDIR.
• Abhishek Gupta, Founder of Montreal AI Ethics Institute, ML @Microsoft.
• Dr. Jane Pinelis, Chief of Test and Evaluation, DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
• Nanjira Sambuli, Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
• Damini Satija, Independent expert on digital rights, data/AI ethics, and tech policy.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Renata H. Dalaqua, Programme Lead, Gender and Disarmament, UNIDIR.