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Artificial intelligence and human rights

Ensuring that human rights are strengthened and not undermined by artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the key factors that will define the world we live in. AI-driven technology is entering more aspects of every individual’s life, from smart home appliances to social media applications, and it is increasingly being utilised by public authorities to evaluate people’s personality or skills, allocate resources, and otherwise make decisions that can have real and serious consequences for the human rights of individuals. Finding the right balance between technological development and human rights protection is therefore an urgent matter.

The Commissioner raises awareness of the human rights implications of AI systems in her dialogue with national authorities but also with national human rights structures and AI actors in general, so that all those involved directly or indirectly in the development or application of AI systems have the necessary knowledge and understanding about AI impact on human rights to take action. She also provides guidance on the way in which the negative impact of AI systems on human rights can be prevented or mitigated. The Commissioner’s work is based on existing standards and builds on work done in this area by the Council of Europe and other international organisations.