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Parliaments and AI: IPU ensuring parliamentarians are going beyond the buzz

Huge strides in artificial intelligence (AI) have dominated the headlines these past few months. But beyond the buzz, what are the risks but also the opportunities when it comes to democracy, human rights and the rule of law? Will AI be the great disrupter of elections in 2024 with more than half the world’s population going to the polls? Or will democratic processes and institutions, such as parliaments, be able to adapt and harness AI to become stronger and more effective?

To answer these questions and more, the IPU is organizing three capacity-building workshops in January-March, open to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

The AI workshops will also inform a forthcoming IPU resolution The impact of artificial intelligence on democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The resolution will be debated at the 148th IPU Assembly in March with a view to being adopted at the 149th IPU Assembly in October.

1/3 A changing landscape: An overview of recent advances in artificial intelligence

Monday, 22 January 2024, 15:00 (Geneva, CET)

Moderated by Michelle Rempel Garner, Member of the House of Commons of Canada, Rapporteur of the IPU resolution

2/3 The emerging impacts of artificial intelligence on society

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 10:00 (Geneva, CET)

Moderated by Neema Lugangira, Member of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, rapporteur of the IPU resolution

3/3 Global responses to emerging advanced artificial intelligence technology

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 15:00 (Geneva, CET)

Moderated by Denis Naughten, Member of Parliament of Ireland, Chair of the IPU Working Group on Science and Technology.


See also a series of interviews with parliamentarians on the different aspects of AI.

AI-1/5: Democracy is resilient, but AI needs regulation and careful management

Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, discusses the risks and opportunities for democracy and argues that we need more than regulation.

AI-2/5: MPs need to engage with scientists, says Denis Naughten

The IPU asks Denis Naughten, Chair of the IPU’s Working Group on Science and Technology, what advice he would have for parliamentarians around the world.

AI-3/5: On peace and security, parliaments must keep AI in check

The IPU asks Belgian MP and co-rapporteur of the IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security, Christophe Lacroix, about the military applications of AI as well as the associated risks.

AI–4/5: On violence against women in politics, identify best practice and share it

British MP and Vice-Chair of the British Group of the IPU, Vicky Ford, talks about violence against women in politics, as well as the risks and opportunities of AI.

For more on how parliaments are exploring the use of AI in their own work, see also the latest IPU Innovation Tracker on AI and Parliaments

IPU Secretariat, Geneva