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FNI Submits Input on Artificial Intelligence in Education to UN Special Rapporteur

May 23, 2024 - The Facts and Norms Institute (FNI), an independent academic institution dedicated to promoting human rights-based approaches to social issues, has submitted a comprehensive input on artificial intelligence (AI) in education to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Ms. Farida Shaheed.

The submission, authored by Professor Henrique Napoleão Alves on behalf of FNI, includes a detailed analysis addressing the integration, impact, and regulation of AI tools and systems in the educational sector.

Key Messages of the Submission:

  • Expansion of AI in Education: AI tools are increasingly used for automating administrative tasks, developing curricula, and enhancing teaching and learning. Applications include intelligent tutoring systems, writing support, and immersive learning experiences.

  • Impact on Learners and Teachers: AI impacts student progress tracking, feedback, and learning customization. However, challenges include simplistic learning models, intrusive e-proctoring, limited personalization, and issues with predictive analytics, which may compromise privacy and lead to unfair profiling.

  • Human Rights Concerns: AI in education raises human rights issues, including the erosion of student and teacher agency, data privacy, biases, and discriminatory practices. Moreover, AI tools sometimes fail to support children with disabilities adequately and can undermine parental involvement in education.

  • Screen Time and Mental Health: Excessive screen time is linked to negative impacts on diet, sleep, mental health, and academic performance. AI-driven engagement maximization by social media platforms exacerbates these issues, contributing to mental health crises among adolescents.

  • Ethical and Regulatory Needs: The ethical and humane use of AI requires robust evidence, regulation, and quality control to address accessibility, digital divide, and data privacy concerns.

  • Caution and Precautionary Approach: Given the uncertainties around the safety of AI technologies, a precautionary approach is necessary, especially in educational settings, to protect the well-being of students.



To read the full report, click here:

Alves HN. Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence in Education. UN Input
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