The Health Focus Area will examine the introduction of ADM into healthcare and public health in Australia and elsewhere to promote ethical and inclusive applications with broad social benefits.

Australia has a burgeoning digital health sector in which ADM is beginning to be implemented in attempts to offer greater access to healthcare, enhanced treatment protocols, better disease diagnosis, monitoring and prediction models, and more personally tailored care.

However, many consumer and industry organisations, including some of our partner organisations, have identified potential risks posed by ADM to trust, access and transparency in healthcare and public health.

ADM introduced into the health sector could exacerbate health inequalities and increase the marginalising of people with disabilities and those with stigmatised conditions.

Research conducted in this Focus Area will monitor the introduction of ADM into healthcare and public health in Australia and elsewhere to ensure ethical and inclusive implementation that will benefit all social groups.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Responsible health consumer data analysis and ADM

Creating a replicable framework for building capacity (expertise, literacy, data partnerships and data governance) to unlock the social value and impact of advanced data analytics, AI and ADM across the not-for-profit sector.

Transparent Machines: From Unpacking Bias to Actionable Explainability

Unpacking the biases in models that may come from the underlying data, or biases in software that could be designed with a specific purpose and angle from the developers’ point-of-view

Quantifying and Measuring Bias and Engagement

Recent developments in machine learning and information access communities attempt to define fairness-aware metrics to incorporate into these frameworks. This project will address a number of research questions related to quantifying and measuring bias and engagement that remain unexplored.

Governing ADM Use

Examining the challenges to, and opportunities for, liberal and democratic institutions and governance presented by ADM.

Democratic Practices of Governance Given ADM

Developing a theoretically rich analysis of democracy and freedom given ADM.

The Coronavirus Impact

Considering ethical approaches in the area of automated decision-making (ADM) and civic life with a focus on civic commitments and concerns.

When All Data is Health Data

Considering the ethical issues raised by new streams of health data, including how best to regulate the use of the data, its storage, and the infrastructures that collect it.

Everyday Data Cultures

Exploring the role of everyday data practices and literacies in automated decision-making.

Mapping ADM Across Sectors

Examining common themes with respect to the issues raised by the collection, storage, and use of data for ADM across object domains.

Diverse Experiences of ADM: Design, Curation and Use

Examining the ways in which automated decision-making (ADM) is being integrated into the lives of diverse and non-dominant communities across Australia.

Data Ethics, Rights, and Markets

Considering ethical approaches in the area of automated decision-making (ADM) and civic life with a focus on civic commitments and concerns.

Automated Content Regulation (Sexuality Education and Health Information)

How might platform regulators and moderators better distinguish between education and information content, and other forms of sexual texts and imagery on social media platforms?

Civic Automated Decision-Making

Considering ethical approaches in the area of automated decision-making (ADM) and civic life with a focus on civic commitments and concerns.

Considerate and Accurate Multi-party Recommender Systems for Constrained Resources

This project will create a next generation recommender system that enables equitable allocation of constrained resources.

Decentering ADM: A Review of Automated Decision-Making in the Global South

This project is a review of the current state of ADM implementation, practices and visions in different regions in the Global South.