AI for Good Global Summit: AI To Prevent Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced, and Child Labour

In this panel, members of the Code 8.7 Organizing Committee discussed research within AI and Computational Science in relation to SDG Target 8.7.

- America/New York

With Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all UN Member States committed to take “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

Understanding what those “effective measures” might be through application of technology’s most innovative tools is the challenge taken up by Code 8.7. Code 8.7 fosters collaboration between artificial intelligence (AI), computational science and anti-slavery leaders in the fight against forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

This panel brought together members of the Code 8.7 Organizing Committee to discuss promising research avenues within AI and Computational Science as well as some specific cases in which application of these technologies are supporting SDG Target 8.7.

Code 8.7 is also opening membership to individuals or organizations who commit to the principles of this project and wish to develop collaborations with other members to apply AI, tech and computational science to the collection of data and identification of effective measures to achieve SDG Target 8.7. Outputs of these collaborations may be featured on the Delta 8.7 knowledge platform to support researchers and policy actors seeking to engage with the evidence base in their work.


Nadya T. Bliss

Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative
Arizona State University

Doreen Boyd

Professor of Earth Observation, Faculty of Social Sciences
University Of Nottingham

James Goulding

Deputy Director N/LAB, Faculty of Social Sciences
University Of Nottingham

Anjali Mazumder

Thematic Lead on AI, Justice and Human Rights
The Alan Turing Institute