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Upcoming Conferences: Political Origins of Health Inequities, November 1-2 @ 9am

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Nov 1, 2019 9:00 AM – Nov 2 1:00 PM
Theresa Lang Student Center,
55 West 13th St. New York

Emerging technologies in the realms of artificial intelligence or digital worlds have a considerable transformative potential to address global health problems. However, these innovations are not neutral in their social impacts and raise a number of challenges, including reproducing and deepening inequalities. Whether technological innovations produce opportunities or constraints depends fundamentally on what technology is developed, for whom, by whom, and for what purposes.

This conference seeks to examine the global governance challenges to harness digital innovation for the public good, avoid harmful consequences and combat the political origins of health inequity.It will bring together researchers, policy makers and activists from around the world who are engaged in cutting edge work on issues related to the theme of the conference.

Key note address will be given by Philip AlstonUN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU Law School. 


Friday, November 1

09:00 – 09:15  Welcome

  • Mary Watson, Executive Dean, The New School
  • Inger Scheel, Chair, Independent Panel for Global Governance for Health

09:15 – 10:00 Keynote address: Human Rights and the Digital Welfare State

Chaired by Sidsel Roalkvam

  • Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU Law School

10:00 – 11:15 Introduction – Roundtable on key themes of the conference

Chaired by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

  • Kelley Lee, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Simon Fraser University
  • Manjari Mahajan, Associate Professor, The New School
  • Mickey Chopra, Global Solutions Lead for Service Delivery in Health, Population and Nutrition, The World Bank

Discussant: Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée

11:15 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00  Session 1: Artificial Intelligence as social practice: ideology, ethics and human rights

Chaired by Desmond McNeill

  • Elizabeth Gibbons, Senior Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Xi Lin, Associate Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Fudan University
  • Kadija Ferryman, Assistant Professor, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University

Discussant: Peter Asaro

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