In a 25-minute 17-second video, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa and Urvashi Aneja discuss the impact of current AI developments on the Global South. The video, which was published on February 12, 2024, aims to stimulate discussion about the implications of AI in the Global South.
Ressa and Aneja highlight the impact AI is already having on Global South communities, from labor conditions to democracy and the environment. They emphasize the need for countries to move beyond simply “catching up with the North” when considering the role AI should play in their societies.
The video features a 17-second clip from Ressa’s acceptance speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2018, where she spoke about how technology is shaping our world and how it can be used for both good and evil. Ressa also mentions her work at Rappler, an independent news organization in the Philippines that has faced criticism for its coverage of political events and has been accused of being pro-communist.
Aneja discusses how much of the labor that powers the AI boom is based in the Global South, leading to questions about who benefits from the technology and what the costs are. She also talks about how AI is being used to monitor citizens’ activities and control information flow in some countries.
The video ends with viewers being encouraged to share it on social media to continue the conversation around this important topic. The discussion around AI in