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UNICEF collaboration and pilot studies on AI and children

As one of 15 selected pilots globally, three Swedish municipalities, supported by AI Sweden and Lund University, are collaborating to stress test and provide input for the next iteration of a global policy guide on AI and children by UNICEF. In parallel, AI Sweden and partners conduct a national pre-study that looks into how to establish a fertile ecosystem for how to promote children’s rights in AI development and policy.

When using AI, we need to make sure that a wide variety of perspectives are accounted for. Not least, we need to consider children’s rights when developing AI solutions and policies, in order to protect and support our youngest citizens. 
 
In September last year, UNICEF published “AI for Children”, a policy guide to safeguard children’s rights in AI development. The municipalities Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund are evaluating the UNICEF policy guidelines by applying them to existing policies, ongoing projects and concepts. 

The pre-studies selected by UNICEF

 
The City of Helsingborg is exploring AI opportunities to extend the scope of their chatbot Laiban, keeping childrens’ rights at the core.
 
The municipality of Lund is evaluating the UNICEF policy recommendations against their existing policies. 
 
The City of Malmö is evaluating its urban planning process to ensure that it is child-centered. 
 

In a parallel national pre-study, partly financed by Vinnova, AI Sweden, Lund University and Mobile Heights are engaging with relevant public and private organizations to establish a fertile ecosystem for how to promote children’s rights in AI development and policy. 

Read more about the pilot studies and the pre-study here.
 
Final case studies will be presented by July-September 2021 and the results will be analyzed by researchers at Lund University. 
 
Please contact Malin Larsson, malin.larsson@ai.se, for more information.