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A global collaborative effort

This initiative was created by the members of the Global Future Council on AI for Humanity of the World Economic Forum (2020-2021) which is composed of 24 experts from around the world.

It is a response to a question they asked themselves in their first working session: 

How can we all help accelerate AI fairness across all industries and regions? 

One of the challenges that the group identified is the lack of visibility of existing tools that help AI ecosystem actors operationalize AI fairness in their institutions or processes. A list that could grow through an ongoing crowdsourcing effort. Thus the idea of a global library was born: a digital space that builds upon existing efforts and unites key reports, resources, tools, and methodologies on the subject across geographical and linguistic barriers. A space that makes it easy to keep track of the latest developments in this field and access actionable information in an agile way.  

 

We are profoundly grateful to the World Economic Forum team which provided direct support to every step of this effort and to the women-led action tank, C Minds, which works on the intersection of new technologies, society, and the environment, and joined as a partner to support the development of this Library. Moreover, we are thankful for the inspiration we had from other efforts such as UNICEF's mapping of resources on AI for Children and appreciate deeply the people that participated in the crowdsourcing effort to map key resources analyzed during the curation phase. 

The first iteration of the AI Fairness Global Library is a list curated by members of the Council and is by no means exhaustive. This initial list serves as a kick-off effort and can be complemented with more entries through collective action. The library has the secondary aim of serving as input to other important efforts advancing the field of AI governance, such as the Global AI Action Alliance (GAIA), the OECD's framework to compare implementation tools, UNESCO's AI ethics global instrument network, IDB's fAIr LAC observatory, and the Japanese Repository, among many others that could benefit from this mapping. 

Our understanding of the resources collected in this Library is further informed by interviews with key stakeholders in the AI governance ecosystem. Major challenges identified during interviews included the time and material investments necessary to achieve meaningful AI fairness outcomes; and the difficulty of meaningfully bringing disenfranchised communities into mainstream conversations and companies, especially ensuring they achieve leadership positions. We hope this Library is a step toward addressing both challenges, and most importantly creating an inclusive and open community of stakeholders working toward the responsible development and use of AI systems.

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AI FAIRNESS 
GLOBAL LIBRARY

Tools, guides, resources, metrics,

and methodologies to support institutions

transforming AI fairness principles into practice. 

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Meet The People

World Economic Forum Global Future Council on AI for Humanity
Working group coordinators

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Constanza Gómez Mont
Founder & President C Minds;
co-Founder AI for Climate Global Initiative

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Emily Ratte
Project Specialist, AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum Global Future Council on AI for Humanity
Working group members

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Jane Zavalishina
President  and Co-Founder,
Mechanica AI

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Steve Vosloo
Policy Specialist, Digital Connectivity, UNICEF

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Sara Stratton
Founder, Māori Lab 

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Alvaro Martin
Global Head of Data Strategy, BBVA

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Raja Chatilaa
Chair, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Sorbonne University

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Francesca Rosi
IBM Fellow; Global Leader, Artificial
Intelligence Ethics, IBM

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Mark Minevich
Chair, Artificial Intelligence Policy, International Researcher Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO, Jozef Stefan Institute

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Arisa Ema
Project Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo

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Bryan Lim
Senior Manager, National Artificial Intelligence Office, Smart Nation and Digital Government Group Office

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Rohit Adlakha
Adviser, Circle of Blue - Vector Center

World Economic Forum Global Future Council on AI for Humanity
Contributors

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Akram Dweikat
Founding Curator and Alumni, Nablus Hub

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Nadja Yousif
Managing Director and Partner and CoLeads the Financial Institutions practice for the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, Boston Consulting Group

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Beatrice Dias, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Byun Hyung Gyoun, Senior VP, Head of AI/BigData Division, BC Card

Carlos Affonso Souza, Director, Institute for Technology & Society (ITS), Rio de Janeiro

Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières (Internet Without Borders)


Lacina Koné, Director-General, Smart Africa Secretariat

Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Tess Posner, Chief Executive Officer, AI4ALL

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology

Audrey Aumua
Chief Executive Officer, The Fred Hollows Foundation, NZ

Ilene Carpenter
Manager, Earth Sciences Segment, HPC AI and Mission Critical Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Esther de la Torre

Juan Murillo Arias 

Mark Caine 

Houston Muzamhindo 

Sri Krishnamurthy 

Ricky Solomon

Dr. Mohamed Naser

Appen

Fion Lee-Madan

Leila Toplic

Pablo Pejlatowicz 

Hiria Te Rangi and Amber Craig

Contributors

The partners

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