Housed within the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Justice, Equity and Technology Project explores the intersection between policy and practice within the realm of automated discrimination. Informed by participatory research methods, experimental ethnography, and a research justice framework, this work builds upon the Our Data Bodies project, a complementary, U.S.-based research endeavour, and explores the particularities of automated discrimination in the context of Europe’s civil society sector.
The project aims to identify:
- The ways in which automated computer systems are transforming the scope and nature of civil society advocates’ work on equity, diversity, and anti-discrimination
- The institutional and normative factors shaping civil society advocates’ interest in automated discrimination and, more broadly, data protection regulation as a means to promoting equity and justice.
The project will:
- assess research participants’ willingness and capacity to address automated discrimination through interview and documentary research
- conduct reflective focus groups that engage research participants in evaluating preliminary research findings
- consult with relevant stakeholders and advisors on project plans and progress in an ongoing manner
Outcomes of the project include:
- briefing documents on the nature of automated discrimination and its significance to social, racial, and economic justice
- research report
- academic articles
- summative evaluation
Seeta Peña Gangadharan