Digital tech, open data, AI, future of work & inclusive development in the Middle East & Africa.
I am interested in the invisibility and absence of women in the full AI chain - their invisibility as subjects of data and their absence as makers of algorithms (which is further exacerbated in cases when they are also absent from the policy making process). Starting by data (what I call data blur, myopia & blindness) to algorithm design, all the way to policy making, women are either underrepresented or absent altogether. Not surprisingly, this leads to skewed policy making. A feminist voice is needed in this chain: starting from data to algorithms and policy making. My focus is on the Middle East & Africa.
More inclusive policy making that is cognizant of society's members and responsive to its needs; better setting of the development agenda in a way that does not leave anyone behind; a better social contract that relies on fine tuning safety net policies to mitigate inequality.