A new report by the Australian Human Rights Commission calls for far-reaching changes to ensure government, companies and others safeguard human rights in the design, development and use of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).
The Human Rights and Technology Final Report makes 38 recommendations to ensure human rights are upheld in Australia’s laws, policies, funding and education on AI. This includes the recommendation to modernise Australia’s regulatory system to ensure AI-informed decision making is lawful, transparent, explainable, responsible and subject to appropriate human oversight, review and intervention. Stronger laws are recommended to protect the community from misuse of facial recognition and other biometric technology.
The Report recommends the creation of a new AI Safety Commissioner to help lead Australia’s transition to an AI-powered world. It is envisaged that this new regulatory body would be a key source of expertise on AI, providing guidance to governments and the private sector, and providing independent advice to policymakers and Parliament.
You can read the Human Rights and Technology Final Report and find out more about the project at tech.humanrights.gov.au