Facebook's Azzam Alameddin on the company's role in the Middle East

Public policy director for the region talks about accessibility, the UAE's tech ambitions and responsible AI

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A little more than a third of human beings on the planet use Facebook each month, that’s 2.8 billion people in more than 160 countries and growing.

Outside its home country, Facebook is being scrutinised by governments, who are struggling to handle the scope of tech companies today, as well as harness their potential for their own economies and people.

To help drive the agenda on the future of social media is Facebook's public policy team.

Azzam Alameddin is the US-listed company's head of public policy covering the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, where he is responsible for building the policy strategy across the region, as well as creating programmes and collaborations with key policymakers, leaders and academics.

He speaks to Kelsey Warner this week about the role of private-public partnerships, accessibility and responsible artificial intelligence.

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In this episode

Why AI? (0m 46s)

Public policy at Facebook (2m 40s)

Facebook AI camp in the UAE (5m 50s)

AI bias, diversity and responsibility (8m 17s)

AI community standards (14m 30s)

Public policy making and AI (16m 30s)

Post-interview discussion (18m 4s)

Updated: September 17, 2021, 7:31 AM