WHAT WE DO

The rapid expansion of automated decision-making enabled by technologies from machine learning to the blockchain has great potential benefits, while it also creates serious new risks to human rights and welfare.

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Potential harms range from data discrimination against disadvantaged communities to the spread of disinformation for political and commercial ends. Increasing inequality, lower productivity and diminished economic security have been highlighted as risks in the coming decade.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is a new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making. Funded by the Australian Research Council from 2020 to 2026, ADM+S is hosted at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, with nodes located at eight other Australian universities, and partners around the world.

The Centre brings together leading researchers in the humanities, social and technological sciences in an international industry, research and civil society network. Its priority domains for public engagement are news and media, transport, social services and health.

The Centre’s objectives are to:

  • Generate an integrated understanding of ADM
  • Formulate world-leading policy and practice in responsible, ethical and inclusive ADM, for governments, industry and the non-profit sectors;
  • Enhance public understanding and inform public debate on ADM; and
  • Educate and train researchers and practitioners in this challenging new field.

OUR VISION

ADM+S Director Julian Thomas
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Automation is no longer just about robots making things: increasingly, it involves computers making decisions. We rely on computers to process data, make predictions, apply rules, choose actions and determine outcomes. Automated decision-making 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.

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ENGAGEMENT & TRANSLATION

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The Australian Ad Observatory project

The Australian Ad Observatory project is seeking members of the public to install a browser extension that aims to provide accountability and transparency around the social media giant’s use of targeted advertising.

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Automated Precarity

Have you recently worked in an e-commerce warehouse or fulfilment centre? Did you have any positive or negative experiences involving automation? We want to speak to you!

Interview participants will receive a $50 Visa gift voucher.

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Designing Presentation Strategies for Fact-checked Content

As part of the Quantifying and Measuring Bias and Engagement research project, we are inviting designers, fact-checking professionals, and researchers to join an in-person workshop on Monday 30 May 2022 at RMIT Melbourne City campus to brainstorm and co-design how verified fact check content (such as elements contained in articles published by RMIT ABC Fact Check) could be presented through screens and through audio-only channels on conversational devices.

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User Perception on Multi-party Fair Recommendations

Do you use Spotify? You may be eligible to join a brief online study where you browse music recommendations and answer a set of questions.

The study will take less than 10 minutes, and you’ll be entered into a draw for a $30 (AUD) online gift card (1 win for every 10 participants).

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