Building Australia’s Capability on Ethical Artificial Intelligence
On 1 September 2021, Australia’s former Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow, takes up a new position at the University of Technology Sydney as Industry Professor – Responsible Technology.
Mr Santow will lead a major UTS initiative to build Australia’s strategic capability in artificial intelligence (AI) and new technology. This initiative will support Australian business and government to be leaders in responsible innovation—by developing and using AI that is powerful, effective and fair.
The initiative will provide three main types of training:
· Bespoke leadership development: to develop effective AI strategy for senior government and private sector leaders
· Targeted training in AI-exposed sectors: to build the understanding of key employees in sectors, such as financial services, where there is high investment in AI, to support good decisions regarding development, procurement and use of AI
· General workplace training: to build the understanding of employees in all sectors how AI is relevant to their work.
This event is an opportunity to learn more about UTS’s strategy and plans in this important area and what it means for Australia’s digital skills uplift as well as the commercialisation and strategic agenda for AI. Edward will also discuss the ethical AI and regulatory issues.
Edward Santow is Industry Professor – Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Ed leads UTS’s new initiative on building Australia’s capability on ethical artificial intelligence.
From 2016-2021, Ed was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. He led the Commission’s work on technology and human rights; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; freedom of expression; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).
Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and serves on a number of boards and committees.
In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Ed previously served as chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and was a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.
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