30th October 2019

Governing AI in Australia- Is There a Case for Regulation?

Chapter event

Hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney

The dawn of intelligent robots. Clouds and deep-learning machines. Big data and black-box algorithms. Artificial intelligence could upend every aspect of our lives. For one billion people with disability in the world, technology can transform life itself.

These are some of the issues the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is considering in its Human Rights and Technology Project, which is looking at what technology means for our society and how it can be harnessed for good.

Can the existing law be applied in new ways, or is legislative reform required? Does a co-regulatory approach provide more flexibility? How can human rights compliant AI be encouraged or incentivised?

This panel discussion, hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills, explored the questions of ‘Can the existing law be applied in new ways, or is legislative reform required’?  and ‘How can human rights compliant AI be encouraged or incentivised?’ Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow delivered the keynote address on governing AI in Australia. Policy makers spoke passionately about the potential impacts of technological developments, such as facial recognition, on private citizens.

The event included a pre-recorded video interview with Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Singapore Chapter, Institute of Communications and Mark Robinson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Keynote Speaker

Edward Santow Australian Human Rights Commissioner

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Catriona Wallace (Dr) Founder & Executive Director, FlamingoAI

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Ellen Broad Author, Data Policy Wonk, Data Tinkerer, Former Head of Policy, UK Open Data Institute

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Kwok Tang Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

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Peter Lovelock (Dr) Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.

In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.

Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.

Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China's leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.

Rachel Dixon Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner

Bio coming soon

Event details
30th October 2019
Sydney, Australia
Asia Pacific
Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 34, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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