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G3ict Joins Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society

G3ict joins Partnership on AI to collaborate on its mission to shape best practices, research, and public dialogue about AI’s benefits for people and society.

ATLANTA (August 02, 2018) —

The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) today announces its membership to the Partnership on AI (PAI). Initially, G3ict will be a part of two of PAI Working Groups – the Working Group focused on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI (FTA) and the Working Group on AI, Labor, and the Economy (AILE).

Artificial Intelligence is already helping to make technology more accessible and society more inclusive, including through advancements in solutions like real-time captioning and speech recognition. There is an important role for emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality, to support even greater progress for persons with disabilities on key socio-economic outcomes like education and employment. Both the PAI, with its focus on the future of AI, and G3ict, with its focus on the human rights and digital inclusion for persons with disabilities, have put technology at the core of their missions.

The Partnership on AI is a multi-stakeholder organization bringing together for-profit industry, civil society organizations, and academia to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. The work of the Partnership is organized into Thematic Pillars, each focused on a specific area of risk or opportunity for the development of AI.

“AI is an exciting leading-edge technology for those of us working on digital inclusion and human rights globally,” said James Thurston, G3ict Vice President for Global Strategy and Development. in accepting the invitation from PAI for G3ict to join its membership. “PAI has convened an innovative and impactful group of organizations and we are honored to work with them in leveraging AI to support a more inclusive world for persons with disabilities.”

As an international nonprofit, G3ict has extensive experience promoting the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide. Its leadership in the areas of accessibility policy and legislation, inclusive education and professional training and certification, technology and innovation, and global survey data collection and analysis continues to strengthen conversations worldwide on accessibility and digital inclusion for persons with disabilities.

About G3ict

G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) promoting digital accessibility and Assistive Technologies.

About Partnership on AI

In support of our mission to benefit people and society, the Partnership on AI intends to conduct research, organize discussions, share insights, provide thought leadership, consult with relevant third parties, respond to questions from the public and media, and create educational material that advances the understanding of AI technologies including machine perception, learning, and automated reasoning. For more information, please visit


Contact: Udita Singh, Communications Manager, G3ict,, 206-437-8740