UNESCO Internet For Trust Side-Event: Exploring the Potential and Challenges of Generative AI and impact on Regulating AI and Online Platforms

Recent developments in Generative AI systems have sparked a global conversation about the capabilities and limitations of generative AI technology. These systems have been in the spotlight for their ability to generate human-like text, images, design, and even code, highlighting the tremendous potential of this technology. However, they have also raised concerns about ownership, transparency, and the potential for bias, misinformation, and the human rights and ethical implications of creating content through AI. The session concluded an interactive dialogue to consult stakeholders for input to contribute to the development of guidelines and recommendations for a regulatory framework. 


  • Ms. Marielza Oliveira, Director, Division for Digital Inclusion, Policies and Transformation, Communications and Information Sector, UNESCO  
  • Mr. Grady Booch, Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development for embodied cognition 
  • Mr. Luca Belli, Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, Rio de Janeiro, and head the Center for Technology and Society, and the CyberBRICS project  
  • Mr. Sebastian Hallensleben, Head of Digitalisation and AI – VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies 
  • Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Founder and Principal Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, Senior Responsible AI Leader & Expert at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and a Fellow at the BCG Henderson Institute working on Augmented Collective Intelligence (ACI) 
  • Ms. Katie Pentney, DPhil Candidate in Law University of Oxford and legal consultant at Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) 
  • Moderator: Mr. Cedric Wachholz, Chief of Section, Digital Policies and Digital Transformation, Communications and Information Sector, UNESCO