Fixing Gender Glitches in Military AI: Mitigating Unintended Biases and Tackling Risks

6 March 2024
Fixing Gender Glitches in Military AI: Mitigating Unintended Biases and Tackling Risks

The Permanent Missions of Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Panama and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) invite you to an interactive, in-person side event addressing the challenge of gender glitches in military applications of artificial intelligence (AI) – that is, gender-specific oversights and biases that can occur in the development, deployment, and regulation of AI.  

Throughout the course of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), discussions highlighted, inter alia, the challenges posed by unintended biases in artificial intelligence capabilities related to the use of the weapon system in the context of risk assessment and mitigation measures. These unintended biases may include social biases on the basis of, inter alia, gender, age, ethnicity, and disability and often stem from the data used in these systems and/or the algorithmic processing of this data. Unintended biases can have adverse consequences, such as mistargeting military objectives and unpredictability in the system’s functioning.

This side event will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss bias mitigation in AI systems and its relationship with risk mitigation. Panelists will share ideas that national and international actors can pursue to overcome inequalities and gender gaps in the field of military AI. They will also offer recommendations on how to better integrate these topics into the discussions of the GGE on LAWS.

The event will also mark the launch of the UNIDIR’s Women.AI Fellowship.


Welcome Remarks:

  • Robert in den Bosch, Ambassador, Netherlands


Closing Remarks:

  • Thomas Göbel, Ambassador, Germany


Wednesday, 6 March 2024 | 13:15 – 14:45 CET | Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva