Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Young People

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe organised the seminar to explore the issues, role and possible contributions of the youth sector to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) is responsibly used in democratic societies and that young people have a say about matters that concern their present and future.

The seminar set out to discover and analyse different situations, possibilities and experiences in the youth sector of engaging with AI by discussing various approaches and understandings of AI, its impact on young people and the role of the youth sector in working with it.

The seminar looked, inter alia, into three dimensions of AI:

  • AI and democratic youth participation (including young people’s trust/interest in democracy)

  • AI and young people’s access to rights (including, in particular, social rights)

  • AI and youth policy and youth work.

The seminar is prepared by a preparatory group composed of representatives of youth organisations, independent experts and secretariat the Council of Europe. The programme set up to allow the participants to put together their experience and knowledge in proposing answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the impacts of AI on young people and how can young people benefit from it?

  2. How can the youth sector make use of the capacities of AI to enhance the potential of youth work and youth policy provisions for the benefit of young people?

  3. How to inform and “educate” young people about the potential benefits and risks of AI, notably in relation to young people’s human rights and democratic participation and the need to involve all young people in the process?

  4. How does AI influence young people’s access to rights?

  5. What should the youth sector of the Council of Europe, through all its various instruments and partners, do about AI in the future?

Date: 4-6 December 2019

Participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Hungary.

We have been represented by one of our co-founders on the seminar.