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Irene Poetranto

Analyzing targeted digital attacks against civil society and threats to free expression online.

About the work

We are interested in examining how automated decision-making technologies that augment or replace human judgment threaten to violate domestic and international human rights law, not just in jurisdictions in Canada, where we are based, but also in the Global South.


Our fear is that deploying autonomous decision-making systems without first ensuring responsible best practices, and building in human rights principles at the outset may only exacerbate preexisting disparities and can lead to rights violations. Potential impact or applications include in immigration mechanisms, and to marginalized and under-resourced communities that often have access to less robust human rights protections and less legal expertise with which to defend those rights.