Assessing Prospective Harms (vs Benefits) associated with ADM
Focus Areas: News and Media, Transport and Mobility, Health, and Social Services
Research Programs: Data, Machines, Institutions
The project is about assessing prospective harms vs prospective benefits associated with ADM as a first step to amelioration. It will take a two-pronged approach: firstly, focusing on individual and social harms/costs that may be associated with automated or semi-automated data processing (including collection, retention, dissemination, and other uses of data) – versus prospective benefits; and secondly, assessing the levels of risk of these harms ranging from nebulous to very significant (and acknowledging there may be
uncertain outcomes and uneven distributions). The overall aim is thus to have a fuller appreciation of harms and risks as a precursor to thinking practically about amelioration/mitigation of costs.
The project will speak to projects in the Institutions program, but it will be more specifically geared to questions of elaborating and understanding the range of prospective harms associated with loss of control over data processing for individuals, groups and society, and indeed the entirety of the living world, as a first step to finding solutions such as changes in law, or social practices, or business methods, or technologies (or some combination of these).