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Dr. Xianhong Hu is UNESCO’s Program Specialist at the Sector of Communication and Information since 2006.  

Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy, media development, and Internet governance, and she has followed the process of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF). She managed the UNESCO project of Internet Universality R.O.A.M framework/indicators (Rights, Openness, Accessibility, Multi-stakeholder) and a number of national Internet Universality assessment projects across five continents. Her work also relates to applying ROAM principles to govern the Artificial Intelligence and other advanced ICTs including 5G, blockchains, IoT, etc, through her recent co-authored UNESCO study Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies: A ROAM Perspective’. Her affiliate with Berkman Center will continue the ongoing research to explore how ROAM principles could shape AI governance and policies and how to Harness AI to for advancing human rights, democracy, and public interest.