2019 Solomon Lecture

Accountability in the Age of the Artificial

Solomon Lecturer Ms Fiona McLeod SC

Are big data and artificial intelligence the enemies of the people, the ultimate tools of the oligarch, or the vital tools needed to eliminate bias, improve scrutiny and just outcomes for the visionary?

Join the Office of the Information Commissioner supported by State Library of Queensland for a thought provoking lecture and panel discussion, as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations.

Ms Fiona McLeod SC, eminent barrister and human rights advocate, will deliver this year’s Solomon Lecture, titled Accountability in the Age of the Artificial, focusing on transparency, openness and accountability in the context of increasing adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) in government functions and decision-making. Ms McLeod’s Lecture will address key questions about whether artificial intelligence and human rights can co-exist.

Given the recent enactment of the Human Rights Act 2019, this is particularly topical for Queensland. The impact of technology and AI on public service also emerged as a challenge for Queensland’s public sector agencies in our audit report 10 years on: Queensland government agencies’ self-assessment of their progress in right to information and information privacy.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion led by well-known journalist and media personality, Ms Madonna King. Panellists include; Mr Scott McDougall, Queensland Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Brent Richards, Medical Director of Innovation, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Mr Simon McKee, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Treasury and Ms Rachael Rangihaeata, Information Commissioner.

When: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Where: The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane

Livestream available below.


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