Automated decision-making (ADM) comprises an expanding array of intelligent technologies – from deep learning to blockchains – which promise to solve challenging problems across many sectors, from healthcare and social services to transport and media. ADM promises to make essential services more personal, and to enhance choice and control for citizens and communities. However, its widespread uptake also creates startling new risks of misuse and malfunction. Rapidly evolving technologies such as machine learning and distributed ledgers are likely to produce both spectacular successes and failures. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making in these domains. Our Centre combines leading researchers from the humanities and social and technological sciences in an international industry, research and civil society network. We work with technologists, policy-makers and public communicators. We aim to enhance public understanding, inform public debate, and train a new generation of researchers and practitioners in this challenging new field.
The Western Sydney University Node is closely linked to the People Program in the Centre. The work in the WSU node focuses upon the ways in which ADM is being integrated into the lives of communities in global contexts and amongst non-dominant communities in Australia. Attending to issues of equity and power, the research team will explore the norms around privacy and personhood that shape existing, emergent and future practices of automated decision-making.
Researchers: Professor Heather Horst, Chief Investigator – Western Sydney University Node
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Centre of Excellence
Project website: https://www.admscentre.org.au (opens in a new window)
Contact: Professor Heather A. Horst