Council of Europe publishes draft Convention on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Date: 9th February 2024
Category: General measures of implementation

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The Council of Europe’s Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI) has decided to publish a draft of its Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. The UK has not yet indicated if it intends to become a signatory.

The Chair of the CAI said the question of AI and its use should not be a case of ‘if’ but “how we ensure that AI tools are used for the good of humanity only”.

The rise of AI is a recurring concern raised by children and young people in Scotland as a rapidly developing area that they feel they are not supported to learn about. Despite being a priority for children and young people, the issue of AI was not acknowledged by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s in its latest Concluding Observations to the UK and Scottish Government.  Action is needed to ensure children’s views and the rights impacts of this issue are not overlooked. As AI rapidly develops, risks arise where regulatory frameworks fail to keep up and children feel they are left out of the conversation.

Find more on what children and young people have said about AI here.