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Conference

Seeking common ground in a world of rivalry

Paris Peace Forum Nov 10, 2023 10:56 - 10:56

The sixth edition of the Paris Peace Forum focused on advancing collective action to address climate change, inequalities, cyber insecurity, and humanitarian crises.

A high-level session on AI brought together business leaders, international organisations, and commentators in a debate that explored the need for global AI governance, differences around open-source AI, and the consequences for global inequalities.

Trust Alliance Group was represented in Paris by The Internet Commission’s Digital Policy Lead, Jonny Shipp, alongside experts in global governance from international organizations, states, companies, and wide-ranging civil society stakeholders.

UNESCO’s Gabriela Ramos argued that AI must be discussed at a societal rather than a technological level, in which governments have a responsibility to steer its deployment.

The French Minister for Digital Affairs, Jean-Noël Barrot launched a call for global initiatives to reinforce the protection of children online, which was supported by Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. Children from a young age are being increasingly exposed to harmful content, they said.

Mathieu Michel, Belgium’s Secretary of State for Digitization, mentioned plans to launch a project as part of Belgium’s presidency of the EU, which would build on the new eIDAS digital identity wallet.

The Paris Peace Forum seeks to tackle global challenges and in 2023 the two main areas remained the environment and digital technology. Read more here about this year’s edition.

The Best of the Paris Peace Forum 2023