It’s happening now.

The dawn of intelligent robots. Clouds and deep-learning machines. Big data and black box algorithms. We’re monitored like never before, by social media, by unseen third parties.

For 1 billion people with disabilities in the world, technology can transform life itself. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings hope and fear.

This is why the Australian Human Rights Commission has started a project, led by the Human Rights Commissioner, to look at what technology means for our society and how we can harness it for good.

 

Current Issues

Through inclusive consultation we will identify the most pressing human rights issues in respect of new technology.

We may explore issues such as AI, bias, Big Data, inclusive technology, and the intersection between technology, free speech and democracy.

AI and bias

Algorithms have been used in the US to assist judges to make bail and sentencing decisions, which have been found to be biased against racial minorities.

What is the impact of technology on human rights?

Responsible innovation

In November 2017, the UK Government announced it would establish the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the world’s first national advisory body on ethical and safe AI.

How do we protect human rights in the digital age?

Inclusive design

Voice-activated AI, including voice recognition software and virtual assistants, can be examples of inclusive design in technology. For people with vision impairment, these technologies can change lives, although they can also threaten privacy and other rights.

How do we use tech for good?

Democracy

Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting personal data from tens of millions of Facebook users and using this information to influence elections.

How do we encourage responsible innovation of technology?