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Media Advisory: The SAHRC in the Eastern Cape will host a SHiNE initiative on the effects of developing technologies and artificial intelligence on the rights realisation in South Africa

Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 May 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/the Commission) acknowledges the role emerging technologies and online platforms play in the development of our societal growth and evolution. Through implementing its mandate, the Commission has however noted increased risk in potential threats emerging from the pace at which technologies such as Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) are developing.

In light of these developments, the Commission’s SHiNE initiative, 2020 dialogue and following the international discourse in this regard, it also appears that South Africa and Africa as a whole may need to develop new or reinforce available policy frameworks to ensure human rights realization and continued social cohesion.

Against this premise, the SAHRC’s Eastern Cape provincial office will be hosting an online discussion on The Effects of Developing Technologies and Artificial Intelligence on Rights Realisation in South Africa. The objective of this discussion is for experts in their field to take the Commission into their confidence in respect of how the developing nature of  certain disciplines are contributing to the promotion of human rights, but also threats that may emerge through the pace of this development.

The dialogue is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date:    19 May 2023

Venue: Microsoft Teams
Time:   12:00 – 15:00


For further information, contact the SAHRC Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter @ 043 722 7828/072 638 9016 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Zukiswa N Mqakanya @ 043 722 7828 or email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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