Code 8.7: Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

19-20 February 2019

United Nations, New York

Delta 8.7, The Alan Turing Institute, the Computing Community Consortium, Tech Against Trafficking, the Rights Lab and the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University are delighted to announce Code 8.7, a conference to be held at and near United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Code 8.7 will bring the computational research and artificial intelligence (AI) communities together with those working to achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. With Target 8.7, 193 countries agreed to take immediate and effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030, and the worst forms of child labour by 2025. Computational science, AI and machine learning can accelerate our understanding of these problems and help us determine “effective measures” to address them.

Code 8.7 will use innovative sessions to develop “technology pipelines” providing deployable tools and techniques grounded in the real experiences of anti-slavery actors. The conference will combine policy and practical problem-solving sessions, including:

  • Opportunity showcases with presentations on emerging uses of computational science and AI to address modern slavery;
  • Mini-hothouses to brainstorm joint problem-solving approaches; and
  • Plenary and panel discussions.

Code 8.7 will help:

  • Strengthen the computational science and AI communities’ understanding of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, and what works in addressing these problems;
  • Increase the understanding and use of computational science and AI by actors involved in fighting modern slavery and other forms of Target 8.7 exploitation;
  • Identify actual or latent demand for AI and computational science techniques and resources from the anti-slavery community, and begin to match data-holders with computational science and AI partners; and
  • Start a discussion about how to provide the infrastructure for an ongoing, structured and truly global conversation between these communities that will allow them to strengthen joint problem solving and better use computational science and AI to end modern slavery.

Delta 8.7 is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for Survivor Leaders to attend Code 8.7. For more information, or to apply, click here. (Application deadline Monday 28 January 2019)