In this talk, I will talk about the way in which artificial intelligence mirrors collective intelligence, and what that means for its governance.  I will draw from research exploring citizen deliberation to explain how collective ideas and values are shaped in a variety of domains, including in online townhalls and Indigenous parliaments. I will also explain current risks in AI and how they highlight the risks and opportunities of deliberation and collective intelligence, especially in the domains of discrimination, stereotyping and exclusion of historically marginalised groups. This talk aims to use this framework to better guide global AI governance efforts towards addressing global inequality and citizen participation, especially across the Global South and the digital gender divide.


Eleonore Fournier-Tombs is the Head of Anticipatory Action and Innovation at UNU Centre for Policy Research, and the Research Lead for the UN’s AI Advisory Body. She has worked as a data scientist and technology policy specialist in both the private sector and multilateral organisations for over a decade. She earned a PhD from the University of Geneva exploring machine learning techniques to measure deliberative quality, and a post-doctoral fellowship from McGill University in deliberative quality in the Canadian North. Eleonore currently teaches cybersecurity and new technology for international development at McGill University and Université de Montréal. She is the author of Gender Reboot, published in 2023 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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