#ai4children workshop recap: São Paulo

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

Melanie Penagos
12 March 2020
This work is part of UNICEF's AI for Children project
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As part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Child Rights Policy Project, UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Finland, is hosting a series of workshops around the world to gain regional perspectives on AI systems and children. These conversations will help UNICEF develop a policy guidance on how to promote children’s development in AI strategies and practices.

The fourth workshop was held in São Paulo, Brazil, on 9 and 10 March 2020, in partnership with Cetic.br. Experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay gathered to provide their views on AI and children.

Workshop participants collaborate
Ricardo Matsukawa/Divulgação NIC.br


A wide range of organizations were represented, including the Berkman Klein Center, Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Chile’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook, Fundación Ceibal, Google, Ilhasoft, Instituto Alana, SaferNet Brasil, SAP, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and academics from universities in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Uruguay.

The workshop participants were asked to provide feedback on the draft UNICEF policy recommendations and principles for AI and child rights. The agenda also included lightning presentations on AI issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a panel discussion on the implementation of AI and ICT policies in the region.

>> Read: Sao Paulo Q&A with workshop participants

View or download the full workshop report