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


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 held the Code 8.7 conference on 19-20 February 2019 in New York.

The conference brought together more than 120 people from the computational research, artificial intelligence, and other tech communities with those working to achieve Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  All the sessions were recorded and can be watched below. Click on the links below to learn more about the agenda, speakers, Survivor Leader Scholarships, presentation slides and recording of all the diferrent sessions.

A photo gallery can be accessed on our Facebook page here.

DAY ONE – OPPORTUNITIES

Welcome, Conference Overview & Keynote

Organizing Committee representatives: James Cockayne, Anjali Mazumder, Dan Lopresti, Zoe Trodd and Hannah Darnton
What this effort can mean for survivors – Jessica Hubley and Laura Hackney, from Annie Cannons
Keynote: Can computational science accelerate the fight against modern slavery?Kevin Bales, Rights Lab


Opportunities Showcase

This session showcased opportunities that are emerging for use of computational science and AI to address modern slavery.

Moderator: Todd Landman (Rights Lab)
Presenters: Kelly Gleason (Delta 8.7)Luis Fabiano de Assis (SmartLab Brazil), Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (ASU), Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (ASU)Doreen Boyd (Rights Lab), Harry Cook (CTDC), James Goulding (Rights Lab) and Chris Cuthbert (Lumos Foundation)


Mini-Hothouses 

The ‘mini-hothouses’ provided participants the opportunity to brainstorm how computational science methods might be better brought to bear on particular pieces of the Target 8.7 puzzle. The aim was not to arrive at definitive solutions or consensus approaches or to develop new code or tools, but rather to tease out promising opportunities for further exploration and collaborative problem-solving.


Hothouse A – Vulnerability mapping and modelling  

Moderator: Davina Durgana (Walk Free Foundation)
Presenters:  Maria Olave (Regional Initiative)James Goulding (Rights Lab) and Harry Cook (CTDC)
Rapporteur: Todd Landman (Rights Lab)


Hothouse B – Using ICT to find hidden populations

Moderator: Nadya Bliss (ASU)
Presenters: Shannon Stewart (GFEMS), Sam Blazek (IST Research), and Hannah Thinyane (UNU-CS)
Rapporteur: Zoe Trodd (Rights Lab)


Hothouse C – Mining government data to reach Target 8.7   

Moderator: Anjali Mazumder (Turing Institute/Carnegie Mellon)
Presenters: Luis Fabiano de Assis (SmartLab Brazil), Clare Gollop (UK National Policing Modern Slavery Portfolio) and Julia Kocis (Lehigh County Regional Intelligence Centre)
Rapporteur: Davina Durgana (Walk Free Foundation)


Hothouse D – Slavery from space

Moderator: Kevin Bales (Rights Lab)
Presenters: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies),  Doreen Boyd (Rights Lab), Andrew Zolli (Planet Labs)
Rapporteur: Hannah Darnton (Tech Against Trafficking)


Hothouse E – Fintech

Moderator: James Cockayne, Delta 8.7/Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery
Presenters: Maria Mahl (Arabesque)Liz Barrick (TRAC) and Bill Peace (Stop the Traffik)
Rapporteur: Kilian Moote, Know The Chain


Hothouse F – Finding hidden populations: orphanage trafficking     

Moderator: Kelly Gleason, Delta 8.7
Presenters: Chloe Setter and Chris Cuthbert, Lumos Foundation
Rapporteur: Paul Jones, Turing Institute


DAY TWO – CHALLENGES

Reports from previous day’s hothouses

Rapporteurs presented recaps of key themes that emerged from the previous day’s mini-hothouses, including opportunities for joint problem-solving, applied and theoretical research agendas, and challenges that emerge from these discussions.

Moderator: James Cockayne, Delta 8.7
Presenters: Todd Landman (Rights Lab), Zoe Trodd (Rights Lab), Davina Durgana (Walk Free Foundation), Hannah Darnton (Tech Against Trafficking), Kilian Moote (Know The Chain) and Paul Jones (Turing Institute)

VIDEO


Towards a pipeline – technology, techniques and training

Moderator: Hannah Darnton, Tech Against Trafficking
Intervention 1: Is AI a silver bullet? – Anjali Mazumder, Turing Institute/ Carnegie Mellon
Intervention 2: Common data collection and taxonomy protocols – Harry Cook, IOM
Intervention 3: Getting the tech community involved – Phil Bennett, Founding Member, Tech Against Trafficking
Intervention 4: Data trusts – Steve Anning, British Army
DiscussantNadya Bliss, ASU         


Creating incentives for action – research, regulation and rewards

Moderator: Zoe Trodd, Rights Lab
Intervention 1: Encouraging innovation: the role of government and the academy – Keith Marzullo, Dean, iSchool University of Maryland College Park
Intervention 2: Developing a shared research agendaDan Lopresti, CCC
Intervention 3: Purpose over profit? The role of businessSophia Tu, IBM
Discussant: James Cockayne, Delta 8.7


How can we advance collaborative problem-solving?

This final session provided an opportunity for all participants to discuss how collaborative problem-solving involving computational science to accelerate progress towards Target 8.7 could be advanced.  

Moderator: James Cockayne, Delta 8.7
Discussants: Members of the Code 8.7 Organizing Committee

 

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