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    ICESCO Virtual Forum to discuss “Artificial Intelligence and the Fight Against Covid-19: Between Challenges and Opportunities”

    22 April 2020

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in partnership with the AI Civic Forum, will organize a webinar on the theme “Artificial Intelligence and the Fight against Covid-19: Between Challenges and Opportunities”, on Monday 27 April 2020 at 13.00 GMT.

    The webinar will be attended from ICESCO by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director General; Dr. Kais Hammami, Strategic Futurist, Director of the Center for Strategic Foresight. It will also bring together Ms. Irina Rish, Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Operations Research Department at the Montreal University, core member of MILA – Quebec AI Institute; Mr. Cyrus Hodes, Chair of the AI Initiative at the Future Society, former Advisor to the Minister of AI of the United Arab Emirates; Mr. Emad Mostaque, founder of Stability AI, Symmitree and Ananas, three projects using applied epistemology and complex adaptive systems to help address global issues; and Mr. Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montreal and Initiator of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI.
    The webinar also features presentations from Mr. Nicolas Miailhe, Co-Founder and President of The Future Society, a nonprofit organization specializing in advancing the global governance of AI; Mr. Abdennour Bidar, French philosopher, essayist and high-ranking civil servant; Ms. Pauline Noiseau, coordinator of ALGORA, an interdisciplinary lab engaged in digital innovation ethics and creating dialogues between AI experts, civil society and citizens; and Ms. Sacha Alanoca, Senior AI Policy Researcher at The Future Society, research coordinator in civic engagement and AI ethics.
    The webinar’s agenda includes the following themes: AI applications and their role in fighting Coronavirus pandemic; ethical challenges raised by contract-tracing apps; and the present and future challenges and lessons learned from the pandemic. The debate will last for one hour and ten minutes, followed by a 30-minute discussion where experts will answer the questions from followers on ICESCO’s official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ICESCO.En/live . The proceedings of the webinar will be in English. Translations will be provided later for Arabic and French.
    Participation is open to everyone by registering at this link:
    At their request, registered participants will receive a certificate of participation accredited by ICESCO.

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