Code 8.7 Conference 2019: Agenda

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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Venue: Convene, 730 Third Avenue, New York, 10017


0845 – Arrival, registration, coffee

0915 – Opening session

Welcomes and conference overview
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,  Annie Cannons

Keynote – Can computational science accelerate the fight against modern slavery?  Kevin Bales, Rights Lab

1000 – Opportunities showcase

This session will briefly showcase some of the opportunities that are emerging for use of computational science and AI to address modern slavery, some of which will be discussed in more depth in the ‘Mini-Hothouse’ sessions during the remainder of the day. It will provide a quick way into some of the creative uses of computational science and AI that are beginning to emerge in this field.

  • Moderator: Todd Landman, Rights Lab
  • Presenters:
    • Analysing ODA using machine learning – Kelly Gleason, Delta 8.7
    • Mining government data in Brazil – Luis Fabiano de Assis, SmartLab Brazil
    • Technology touches trafficking victims: how can AI find them?  – Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, ASU
    • Slavery from space – Doreen Boyd, Rights Lab
    • Using migration data – Harry Cook, CTDC
    • High precision vulnerability mapping – James Goulding, Rights Lab
    • Orphanage trafficking – Chris Cuthbert, Lumos Foundation

1045 – Coffee

1100 – Mini-Hothouses – parallel sessions A and B

These ‘mini-hothouses’ will provide 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 is 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. This will inform a readout session and discussion of Challenges on Day Two.

A – Vulnerability mapping and modelling (Room: Sutton) 

  • Moderator: Davina Durgana, Walk Free Foundation
  • Presenters:
    • Maria Olave, Regional Initiative Latin America on vulnerability to child labour
    • James Goulding, Rights Lab
    • Harry Cook, CTDC
  • Rapporteur:Todd Landman, Rights Lab

B – Using ICT to find hidden populations (Room: Greenough) 

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

1230 – Lunch

1330 – Mini-Hothouses – parallel sessions C and D

C – Mining government data to reach Target 8.7 (Room: Sutton)

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

D – Slavery from space (Room: Greenough)

  • 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

1500 – Coffee

1515 – Mini-Hothouses – parallel sessions E and F

E – Fintech (Room: Greenough)

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

F – Finding hidden populations: orphanage trafficking (Room: Sutton)

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

1700   Close



Wednesday 20 February 2019

Venue: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 5 


0900 – Access passes for UN grounds distributed at visitors’ entrance, 45th Street and First Avenue

0930 – Reports from previous day’s hothouses

Rapporteurs will present 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

A – Vulnerability mapping and modelling – Todd Landman, Rights Lab
B – Using ICT to find hidden populations – Zoe Trodd, Rights Lab
C – Mining government data to reach Target 8.7 – Davina Durgana, Walk Free Foundation
D – Slavery from space – Hannah Darnton, Tech Against Trafficking
E – Fintech –Kilian Moote, Know The Chain
F – Orphanage trafficking – Paul Jones, Turing Institute 

Moderated discussion

1030 – Towards a pipeline – technology, techniques and training

This interactive session will explore what technologies, systems, platforms, techniques and training are needed to scale up use of computational science to solve ‘Target 8.7 problems’, and consider how these can be promoted.

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

Discussant: Nadya Bliss, ASU

Interactive discussion

1200 – Lunch

1330 – Creating incentives for action – research, regulation and rewards

This interactive session will explore how governments, industry actors and international organizations can facilitate responsible and effective use of computational science to accelerate progress towards Target 8.7.

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 agenda – Dan Lopresti, CCC
Intervention 3: Purpose over profit? The role of business – Sophia Tu, IBM

Discussant:     James Cockayne, Delta 8.7

Interactive discussion

1500 – How can we advance collaborative problem-solving?

This final session will provide 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

Interactive discussion

1630 – Close


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