Call for a Global Convention on Ethical AI

UNI Global Union calls for a global convention for ethical AI

UNI Global Union supports that ethical Ai considerations are being tabled by many organisations. However, it is not good enough that they take place in exclusive, disconnected business circles or in the closed realms of academia. The global nature of the digital economy, its global implications for workers and citizens alike, require a global solution.

UNI Global Union calls therefore for the establishment of a global convention on the ethical use, development and deployment of artificial intelligence, algorithms and big data. Academics, businesses, trade unions, consumers, governments and civil society organisations should unite to establish these global standards so not only a just transition to the future world of work and technology is guaranteed but also so future technology is applied in the interest of humans, in a just, fair, transparent and sustainable way.

Isolated, disconnected initiatives, bold as they are, will not guarantee that AI and big data will put the interests of people and planet first.

Breaking the power of the Big 6

Furthermore, data, big data and the artificial intelligence and machine learning that comes out of that should be made a ‘commons’ , i.e. available for every citizen, organisation, business and government to tap in to, use and learn from. Currently, it's the Big Six (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and IBM) that predominantly own the data produced putting them into an untouchable class with undue political, scientific and economic monopoly and power.