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Objectives of currency management

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The Impact of AI on Human Rights (protecting digital human rights)

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While services using AI and other tech can be incredibly convenient how alert...

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The Impact of AI on Human Rights (protecting digital human rights)

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1 CPD Hours

ASI 2020 Engagement  Investment  Members culture  Leadership

While services using AI and other tech can be incredibly convenient how alert are we to the risks associated with them? 

Artificial Intelligence is not some perfect unbiased machine, it is programmed by humans with our inbuilt flaws and biases.  For example, did you know that facial recognition technology used by London police gets its wrong more than 9 times out of 10?  What happens when processes adopted by companies assume that the AI output is perfect and don’t question it?  What is the risk to human rights and how to we protect them?

Super funds need to educate themselves on the tech companies they invest in, the services they offer members and how these interact with their obligations to continue to act in members best interest.

Hear Ed Santow, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, explore these and other important themes.  This session is a must for all AIST members, as consumers and adopters of technology as well as investors in tech.

Published Date: 16 September 2020


Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016.

Ed leads the Commission’s work on technology and human rights; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; freedom of expression; freedom of religion; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In 2009 he was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

From 2010-2016, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.


Mel Birks, Head of Advocacy, AIST

Mel started her career in superannuation in the ATO, moving to work with industry super funds in 2004.  Her roles have included senior roles in stakeholder relations, strategy, marketing and communications in Link Group/ Superpartners, HESTA, Hostplus, AUSfund, Industry Fund Services and ME Bank.  Her most recent role at ASIC was as a Senior Specialist in the Superannuation team where she provided technical analysis and strategic advice on consumer issues in relation to superannuation.

Mel is passionate about delivering benefits to members, with a particular focus on improving women’s retirement outcomes.

Mel is also the current deputy chair of the Victorian Committee of Women in Super and has been a member of the Mother’s Day Classic organising committee in Melbourne for a number of years.

She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology from Monash University and a MBA from Deakin University and has successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Program run by Women & Leadership Australia.

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