Understanding the impact of automated technologies 

29 November 2021

UQ HASS members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society have led a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Persons with Disability.

The submission contributes to a UN Inquiry seeking to understand the impact of automated technologies like Artificial Intelligence and machine learning on the human rights of persons with a disability and is an important contribution to ensuring these new technologies benefit people with lived experience of disability, rather than cause them harm.

The submission was led by UQ's Professor Paul Henman, with Associate Professor Paul Harpur, Dr Lyndal Sleep, Dr Amelia Radke and Brooke Ann Coco, as well as Professor Jacky Leach Scully (UNSW), Associate Professor Karen Soldatic (WSU), Dr Georgia Van Toorn (UNSW), Abdul Karim Obeid (QUT) and Dr Aaron Snoswell (QUT).    

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is a new, cross-disciplinary, Australian national research centre funded by the national Australian Research Council (ARC).

The Centre aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision making. It brings together leading researchers in the humanities, social and technological sciences in an international industry, research and civil society network.  

The production and circulation of research and information, and the platforms, technologies and algorithms that deliver them, is a key concern of ADM+S, particularly what they mean for society and particularly vulnerable populations.

Member researchers therefore welcome the Inquiry of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disability as they relate to Artificial Intelligence (AI/ML) and Automated Decision Making (ADM).