The Institutions research program traces how automated decision-making (ADM) is shaping and changing institutions across the four Focus Areas (health, social services, people and new and media) in their use of algorithms.

We explore how ADM is governed in both public and private institutions – for example, the legal responses to issues like robo-debt in automated social security decision-making, or how civil society groups are trying to make social media platforms more transparent in their use algorithms that personalise advertising and news for different users.

The Institutions program will draw on recent work in law, regulatory theory, communications and the economics of innovation to study how law and social norms influence how automated tools are developed and deployed, and how automation is changing social institutions.

Our research will promote sustainable governance as a key value to protect human rights and autonomy, democratic values, social inclusion, and the sustainable use of resources in ADM.

Together with our partners across industry, media, civil society and regulation, we will generate new insights and create new tools to better protect these values in practice.