Fundamental Rights Forum 2021: social rights, data protection and artificial intelligence among Council of Europe sessions

The Council of Europe will host a series of hybrid sessions Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 on October 11 and 12. Council of Europe general secretary Marija Pejčinović Buric will launch the Strasbourg hub of the multi-site event at 1:00 p.m. local time (CEST) Monday, October 11. The Strasbourg hub will host sessions on the following themes, interspersed with events from the main Vienna hub:

Monday, October 11

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CEST: The European Social Charter: a story on equality

A roundtable on how the European Social Charter, the only specialized legal instrument on social rights in Europe, and the findings of the European Committee of Social Rights can help build a fairer Europe after the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CEST: New online tools for human rights narratives

Presentation and discussion of three new online tools to help organizations and young activists tackle hate speech online.

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. CEST: Alternative Stories on LGBTI Equality

A presentation of the Council of Europe’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) training manual entitled “Can’t we be nicer? on the broader topic of stereotypes.

5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. CEST: Young people defend a Europe without corruption and an East-South neighborhood

A discussion on how to better involve youth movements in efforts to improve access to justice, the rule of law and accountability across the continent.

Tuesday 12 October

10:15 am – 11:15 am CEST: Data protection and facial recognition

A panel discussion on recent Council of Europe guidelines to governments on the use of facial recognition techniques, and how the guidelines can be used to shape policy.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm CEST: Escape Roomours

A presentation of an interactive educational tool, based on the escape room format, to help young people counter potentially damaging rumors in various contexts.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CEST: Globalpolicy.ai: championing the development of trustworthy, rights-based artificial intelligence (AI)

A discussion on the common web platform developed by a number of international bodies involved in the regulation of the ethical and human rights compliant use of artificial intelligence.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and the Director General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos, will participate in the closing session of the forum, entitled “ Building a vision of hope: where are we going? from here? “from 5:15 p.m. CEST on Tuesday, October 12.


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