Friday, March 15th, 2019

Launch | EQUALSinTech: Taking Stock of the State of Gender Digital Equality – Launch of EQUALS Research Group’s Inaugural Report

REGISTER NOW to take part in driving evidence-based actions to close the gender digital gap. Date:                      Friday, 15 March 2019 Time:                     1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Venue:                  Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York Registration:     http://bit.ly/equalsreportlaunch  Agenda 12:45 – 1:15 Registration 1:15 – 1:20 Welcome Ursula Wynhoven, International Telecommunication Union Representative to the United Nations in New York 1:20 – 1:30 Opening Remarks Minister Alejandro Verdier, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations Robert Kayinamura, Charge d’Affaiers & First Counsellor, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations 1:30 – 1:40 Presentation on EQUALS Inaugural Report on Gender Digital Equality Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS 1:40 – 2:25 Panel Discussion on Amplifying Data-Driven and Evidence-Based Actions to Close Gender Digital Gap Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Connected Women Programme, GSMA Robin Ogilvy, Permanent Observer and Special Representative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner, IoTask Valerie Barr, Chair of Computer Science; Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College, Computer Science Dept. Moderator: Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS 2:25 – 2:30 Symbolic Presentation of the Report and Wrap Up Michael L. Best, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS The Research Group under the EQUALS Partnership will be launching its inaugural report that offers an overarching global outlook on the state of women and girls’ access, skills and leadership across multiple areas of the digital age. The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills, and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies. It also presents a compilation of case studies written by more than 25 leading experts and researchers that tell the story of how technology impacts women and girls in various contexts, including jobs and wages, security and privacy, cyber threats, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). The launch will showcase the key findings of the EQUALS Research Group’s inaugural report and highlight the importance of data-driven and evidence-based actions by all relevant stakeholders including government officials, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society actors, and academia. The launch will feature expert panelists to discuss the state of gender digital equality in the world today. The launch will be held during the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019). Event page on UNU-CS: https://cs.unu.edu/events/equalsreportlaunch Registration page: http://bit.ly/equalsreportlaunch REGISTER NOW
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time:

1:15PM - 2:45PM

location:
Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Conference | Code 8.7 Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

UNU-CS Principal Research Fellow, Hannah Thinyane, will participate in the Code 8.7 conference, which will bring the computational research and artificial intelligence (AI) communities together with those working to achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG Target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms Code 8.7 will use innovative sessions to develop “technology pipelines” providing deployable tools and techniques grounded in the real experiences of anti-slavery actors. The conference will combine policy and practical problem-solving sessions. Hannah will present during a session that aims to provide participants the opportunity to brainstorm how computational science methods might be better brought to bear on particular pieces of the Target 8.7 puzzle. Hannah leads the project on Migrant Technology at UNU-CS and one of its activities is the development and dissemination of Apprise, a technology to help identify victims of forced labour and human trafficking.  
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time:

9AM - 5PM

location:
New York, United States

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Forum | Investment in Women & Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth

UNU-CS Principal Research Fellow for the Gender Tech Project, Araba Sey, will be speaking at an event that celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Araba will join the High-Level Panel on Investing in Science and Technology Education for Shaping Society’s Future. Araba has led the research on the state of gender equality in information and communication technologies (ICT) access, skills and leadership through EQUALS project. In the high-level panel she plans on elaborating the crucial key findings of the research and encouraging all stakeholders to accelerate actions to close the gender digital gap based on data and evidence. The high-level panel is a part of the Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum, with a theme of “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”. The Forum aims to cross-fertilize and harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move investment in women in science for inclusive green growth into the mainstream discourse, and to identify implementation gaps and co-create action plans. It is anticipated that this will spark sustained public demand for lasting political action within the United Nations intergovernmental processes and other international, regional and national fora. For more information about the event, please visit this website.
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time:

10AM - 1PM

location:
United Nations Headquarter, New York

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Lecture | Digital Technologies, International Development and the UN

Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are some examples of the latest technological innovations that influence and affect our daily lives. Little is known about the potential that they have, to enhance the lives of the people including the poorest and most marginalized. Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and a member of United Nations University – Computing and Society (UNU-CS) International Advisory Board, is a world-renowned researcher on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for international development. He will share his knowledge and the latest insights on how digital technologies can have a powerful and positive impact on human well-being and sustainable development. UNU-CS team members will also share information about the UN, UNU-CS projects and how academic community can be involved in the work of the UN. This is the first session in the Information and Lecture Series organized by the UNU-CS. UNU-CS recently joined the City University of Macau community due to temporary relocation from their main office at Casa Silva Mendes in Guia Hill, which is currently undergoing a major renovation. Register Now Programme Opening Remarks Jingbo Huang, Assistant Director, UNU-CS Introduction about the United Nations (UN) Geneva Damayanti, Communications Officer, UNU-CS Introduction about United Nations University – Computing and Society (UNU-CS) Mamello Thinyane, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS Distinguished Lecture on “Digital Technologies and International Development” Professor Tim Unwin Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D Emeritus Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University, China
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Talk | Reflections on Advice and Information Services Work – 30 Years of Trying to Apply Technology

  SHORT BIO Gareth Morgan is the founder and Managing Director of Ferret Information Systems, a UK based company which specializes in consultancy and the development and support of applications in areas of advice provision, social welfare, and law. Ferret carries out consultancy for governments, local authorities and other organizations in areas including welfare reform, advice utilization, digital standards and related topics. Gareth Morgan is also the vice chair of the board of husITa – the Human Services Information Technology Association. husITa is an international community of interest and a registered non-profit organization with the mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology for human betterment. He has vast experience working in the information and advice services industry and has worked on numerous projects that have received awards for the use of information technology for service to society. He speaks and writes widely on welfare reform, social security, the practice and technology of advice work, and on the application of mobile technology, in the UK and abroad.
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time:

3PM - 3:30PM

location:
UNU-CSMacau SAR China
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