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Kuwait Asserts Commitment to Human Rights Principles in AI

Source: KUNA

Kuwait reiterated Sunday its commitment to human rights principles in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) related to personal data, privacy, intellectual property, education, and work, emphasizing the importance of respecting human rights and preserving human dignity regardless of modern changes.

This statement was made during Kuwait’s speech at the 23rd regular session of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, delivered by Diplomatic Attache Jana Al-Dhafiri.

Al-Dhafiri pointed out the importance of discussing recent developments in AI and technology, noting that the session’s topics were significant and worthy of study, which indicated that the impact of AI now extends beyond individuals and has become an integral part of international relations.

She underlined the importance of properly utilizing AI tools to benefit users in fields such as health, education, and environment.

Al-Dhafiri echoed the call of IPHRC Chairman Ambassador Talal Al-Mutairi, for extraordinary measures to bridge digital gaps and foster innovation, including creating a comprehensive global regulatory framework and unifying efforts to advance a free, open, and secure digital future centered on human rights.

Kuwait has kept pace with technological and digital advancements by establishing specialized bodies like the Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), and National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), she explained.

Kuwait has made significant strides in AI, being a global leader in developing the communications and information technology sector for two consecutive years, with internet usage reaching 99.7 percent of the population, she said.

In education, Kuwait University (KU) established its first AI lab in 2001, and in 2019, Abdullah Al-Salem University (AASU) was founded with a focus on modern technology and AI, Al-Dhafiri mentioned.

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