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Moving from principles to practice in responsible AI around the world: Announcement of the new Global Index on Responsible AI

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Join us for a panel discussion with leading voices on artificial intelligence (AI) and society as we announce the Global Index on Responsible AI. 

The Global Index is a new initiative of the Data for Development Network (, led by the South African-based think tank, Research ICT Africa, with support from IDRC.  

The Global Index on Responsible AI will measure progress toward the responsible use and development of artificial intelligence in over 100 countries around the world, from a distinctly human-rights-based perspective.   

Our intention is to co-create the Global Index with a diverse range of stakeholders in order to ensure its value as a basis for informed decisions by policymakers on the ground. This event will kick off an ongoing consultative engagement process and offer initial information about the project, the key partners involved and its expected utility in advancing human rights and democracy in the use and development of AI.  

We are pleased to be hosting this event on the side of the Summit for Democracy, hosted by United States President Joe Biden. The Summit for Democracy represents an important international forum to advance commitments in support of democracy and human rights.  


Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Republic of South Africa

Rachel Adams - Global Index on Responsible AI, Research ICT Africa

Dominique Charron - VP Programs and Partnerships, IDRC

Catherine Godin -Director General, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion at Global Affairs Canada

Karine Perset - Head, OECD. AI Policy Observatory

Jacques Rajotte - Interim Executive Director, CEIMIA

Paola Ricaurte Quijano - Professor, ITESM, Feminist AI Research Network

Teki Akuetteh - Executive Director, African Digital Rights’ Hub

Dafna Feinholz - Chief of Bioethics & Ethics of Sci & Tech, UNESCO