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Monday, 20 Jun 2022
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RSO attends the Expert Group Meeting on Border Governance, and AI Technologies convened by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the University of Essex 

The RSO attended the Expert Group Meeting on Border Governance, and AI Technologies convened by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the University of Essex on 15 June 2022. The meeting is part of the OHCHR’s project on Strengthening Human Rights Protection in the Use of AI Technologies at Borders. The project considers whether human rights guidance is needed to complement the 2014 OHCHR Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders in light of states and private actors’ increasing reliance on new and emerging technologies in their border governance. 

The aims of the expert group meeting were to: 

1. develop a more systematic account of what is already known about the scale, types and purposes of using AI technologies in border governance; identify gaps in knowledge, and examine the types of technologies under development and likely to be introduced in border governance in the next decade.  

2. develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the human rights risks posed to migrants at borders, in particular by the use of specific types of AI technologies in border governance.

3. develop a more detailed assessment of the legal, policy and practical gaps in the protection of the human rights of migrants where AI technologies are used in border governance.