#ai4children workshop recap: Bangkok

The fifth in a series of regional workshops designed to develop policy guidance for AI that protects child rights

Melanie Penagos
27 June 2020
2 minute read

As part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Child Rights Policy project, UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Finland, has hosted a series of workshops around the world to gain regional perspectives on AI systems and children. These conversations have helped UNICEF develop a policy guidance on how to promote children’s development in AI strategies and practices.

The fifth workshop, co-organized with the support of the UNICEF Thailand Country Office and the East-Asia Pacific Regional Office, took the form of a virtual meeting and was held on 26 June 2020. Experts from Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand joined to provide their views on AI and children.

#ai4children workshop participants
UNICEF/Vosloo
Malavika Jayaram speaks during Bangkok's virtual workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Children.

A wide range of organizations were represented, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, De La Salle University, Digital Asia Hub, ECPAT International, Thailand Cyber University, Thailand's Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Health, UNESCO, World Vision Foundation, as well as UNICEF colleagues from the region.

The two-hour workshop consisted of lightning talks on AI issues in East Asia and the Pacific and a series of group discussions. The participants were asked to provide feedback on the draft UNICEF requirements for child-centered AI and use cases that describe how children are impacted by AI systems.

View or download the full workshop report