Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Artificial Intelligence

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European Institutions (EU, CoE)
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Background Material


The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Gerard Quinn has published a thematic report on Artificial intelligence (AI) and the rights of persons with disabilities. It addresses the rapid growth in the use of artificial intelligence, automated decision-making and machine-learning technologies from a disability rights perspective. It concludes that:

  • AI can be a force for good for persons with disabilities, especially when tied to the achievement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • the negative impacts of AI on persons with disabilities must be acknowledged and addressed by States, business, national human rights institutions, civil society, and organisations of persons with disabilities working together.
  • more evidence and greater consideration of the right and obligations contained in the CRPD and other human rights treaties is needed.
  • persons with disabilities and their representative organizations must be involved in the development, procurement and deployment of AI systems and in the policy-making process. This is required by the CRPD and is necessary for achieving the best from AI and avoiding the worst.