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About the Project

About the Project

The Australian Human Rights Commission is Australia’s national human rights institution. The Commission is independent and impartial. It aims to promote and protect human rights in Australia. 

The Final Report aims to foster a deeper understanding of the human rights implications for Australia of new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. 

The Human Rights and Technology
Final Report includes



And was informed by:


written submissions


consultation participants


national survey participants

timeline 2021 - final report, 2020 - technical paper, 2019 Discussion Paper and White Paper, 2018 - Issues paper and international conference


Expert Reference Group

An Expert Reference Group supported this Project and Final Report. A diverse group of leading experts from technology, law, science and academia advised the Commission on the Project strategy, consultation process and recommendations. 

Amanda Alford
Former Director, Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO AC
Governor of New South Wales

Prof. Genevieve Bell
Director, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Dr Tobias Feakin
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, DFAT

Dr Alan Finkel AO
Chief Scientist of Australia (2016-2020)

Verity Firth
Executive Director, Social Justice, UTS

Prof. Peter Leonard
Principal, Data Synergies

Brooke Massender
Global Head of Pro Bono, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Sean Murphy
Senior Digital System Specialist - Accessibility, Telstra

Kwok Tang
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Myfanwy Wallwork
Executive General Manager - Regulatory Compliance, LexisNexis Australia

Dr Toby Walsh
Professor of AI, UNSW and Data61

Major project partners

Four major partners have supported this Project through their expertise, financial and in-kind resources.

Australian Government | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Herbert Smith Freehills

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