Preceded by the film Total Trust

AI: can it be regulated?


Saturday 9 March – 21h00
Espace Pitoëff - Grande Salle
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

Big Tech brought us radical connectivity and unprecedented innovation. But it also gave us the surveillance state and regulation is still proving an enormous challenge. Today, a similar scenario is unfolding around AI, with potentially more dangerous consequences.

Born out of public investment, Big Tech has spawned a handful of global players, more powerful than many governments, in what amounts to a global heist. Another identical scenario, with potentially disastrous consequences, is playing out: the spread of generative artificial intelligence, which is moving forward without safeguards in place.

Even some of its creators are sounding the alarm: AI poses the risk of annihilating humanity. Even though it has already led to scientific breakthroughs, are the risks disproportionate? But how can Big Tech be forced to build reliable systems that will benefit us all? And who is going to do it?

Co-presented with ARTE

Peggy Hicks
Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR)
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Susie Alegre
(in videoconference) International human rights lawyer and author
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Olivier Alais
Program Coordinator - Digital Rights and Access at ITU
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Amaelle Guiton
Journalist at Libération, author of ‘Hackers: au coeur de la résistance numérique’
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French, english

By Jialing Zhang

Total Trust

From technology to artificial intelligence and human rights, Total Trust highlights the abuses associated with a government’s use of technology to control its population. The film takes an in-depth look at the daily lives of human rights activists and how they are monitored, graded and oppressed by the government using advanced technologies. Using China as a mirror, Total Trust sounds the alarm about the increasing use of technology as a tool of surveillance. If this is where we are, what does our future hold?

This film received the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Prize at the FIFDH 2024.

Regional Premiere
Section : Competition - Focus
Country : Germany, Netherlands
Original language : Chinese
Subtitles : English, French
Jialing Zhang
Knut Jäger
Michael Grotenhoff
Saskia Kress
Jialing Zhang
Interactive Media Foundation gGmbH
Cuier (Anonymous)
RCS (Anonymous)
J.V. Chi (Anonymous)
Barbara Toennieshen BfS
Claire Shen (Anonymous)
Jörg Gollasch
World Sales