UN Expert Workshop on Racism and Information Technology

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

A UN expert workshop on the impact of new information technologies on racial equality was convened on 16-17 October by E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. The meeting was sponsored by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law, and the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. Approximately 25 people participated in the meeting and Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI was one of the 15 invited speakers. Ramsay-Jones spoke about the current global landscape of racism and examined how racism reinvents itself, the various ways new information technologies can be racist, the dangers of weaponizing these technologies, and the cultural, social, political and economic impact of killer robots on marginalized groups. Inputs from the workshop will inform the Special Rapporteur’s report, to be finalized in April 2020.