Children's Right to Participation in AI: Exploring transnational co-creative approaches to foster child-inclusive AI policy and practice

Karolina La Fors, Silva Mathiyazhagan*

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    Abstract

    The right to participation in matters related to children is a fundamental right of every child. AI systems are emerging in all contexts of children’s lives, both in the US and EU, yet children’s voices are often ignored in AI policy and practice, particularly children from historically marginalised communities. This review explores the policy and practice gaps in Europe and the US and the lack of children’s participation in AI at the glocal level. Current AI policies and practices discount the transnational implications of AI on children’s lives and their rights in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The review calls for co-creative approaches which should be implemented transnationally to elevate the benefits of the inclusion of children in AI policy and practice – not only as users but also as contributors and innovators. This approach offers AI systems and policies that are more inclusive and children-friendly. By offering children more agency as contributors and innovators, children would gain more power compared to only being users. We propose that the balance in transnational power dynamics in AI policy and practice could become reversed. Ultimately, children’s increased agency as innovators in shaping AI practices can offer mutual benefits for children’s individual and social development, inclusive AI policy, and innovation practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-153
    JournalInformation polity
    Volume28
    Issue number1
    Early online date8 Sept 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023

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