Interdisciplinary Teams of Social Scientist, Community Groups, Technologists & Municipal Governments
LAC, MENA and SEAsia
CALL IS OPEN 12 January – 14 February 2023
This call focuses on Algorithmic Decision Making Systems (ADMs) in LAC, SEA and MENA either for those whose municipalities and countries currently use them and those whose municipalities and countries are currently contemplating their use. The call is led by the <A+> Alliance, a network of technologists, academics & activists working together to ensure new algorithmic systems do not embed already biased systems into our collective futures, and whose mission is to explore new models that reach beyond mitigation of bias to correct for historic inequity to help ensure a more fair, just and inclusive collective future for all.
In the words of Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights: “The starting point should be on how existing or even expanded welfare budgets could be transformed through technology to ensure a higher standard of living for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, to devise new ways of caring for those who have been left behind, and more effective techniques for addressing the needs of those who are struggling to enter or re-enter the labour market. That would be the real digital welfare state revolution” (Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, 2019).
No one has mapped how AI, or Automated/Algorithmic Decision-Making systems in developing countries function, and how AI and ADMs can be harnessed to deliver equality outcomes and new opportunities (instead of inhibition of rights and amplification of unequal power relations) Our proposal is to springboard from the well-established ‘what’ of describing potential harm and ‘why’ harms exist socially or technically, immediately to ‘how’ course correcting future harms could happen, and most urgently ‘how’ new data, algorithms, models, policies + systems could be researched, then prototyped, and piloted.
Call for Expressions of Interest Papers:
Proof of Concept for NEW models of ADMs delivery that could address:
Call for Expression of Interest PROTOTYPES:
Prototypes: Past the proof of concept phase and ready to be built and deployed
These prototypes will provide a NEW model of ADMs delivery and have a strong interdisciplinary team inclusive of a social scientist, technologist, community organizers, and a collaboration with or proposed with a municipality to test the prototype.
How To Apply
Please email all the following application materials (see Annex 2 of the call) in one folder labelled with the project name, with the subject line of the email written as: Expression of Interest: ‘Project Name’ to info(at)aplusalliance(dot)com
Should you have any questions, please contact info(at)aplusalliance(dot)com until 24 January 2023 when the deadline for questions closes. 7 February 2023 is the deadline for Expressions of Interest (The deadline has been extended to 14 February 2023)