Paris, 28 September 2022 (TDI): On Universal Access to Information Day, UNESCO shared about digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) influencing many aspects of human lives.

UNESCO urged to discover the benefits of AI by utilizing the “Right to Know”, as AI is yet to answer what opportunities can it bring to the public.

A conference with the theme of “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance, and Access to Information is also scheduled to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on this day.

Universal Access to Information Day 

The International Day for Universal Access to Information was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 17, 2015.

The UN General Assembly also designated September 28, 2019, as the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Numerous government agencies and civil society organizations around the globe were already commemorating the day.

Everyone has the right to seek out, receive, and share information, according to the concept of universal access to information. The freedom of expression includes this right as a fundamental component.

Furthermore, the ability to seek and acquire information is just as important for the media as it is for enlightening the public about important topics. Consequently, the right to press freedom and the right to informational equality are related.

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Human Lives

The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2022 celebration will provide a chance to talk about e-governance and artificial intelligence with the goal of protecting the right to access information.

Also read: Global agreement on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Adding to that, the theme will open a conversation about the advantages and disadvantages of e-government and artificial intelligence.

Besides this, the presentation of policy guidelines for public sector information and a declaration will assert the right to information against the backdrop of good governance principles.

In the current digital age, e-government and artificial intelligence can be very helpful in enhancing information access. By providing citizens with individualized and easily available information, they can aid in closing the digital gap.

Moreover, they can guarantee more effective services. Information and services provided by the public sector are readily available to citizens. Digitalizing government services improve accessibility and transparency.

However, these innovations also raise concerns about fundamental rights and how ethically public institutions should employ e-government and artificial intelligence.