Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact

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With growing concerns that data mining, ubiquitous surveillance and automated decision making can unfairly disadvantage already marginalised groups, this research aims to identify policy areas where injustices are caused by data- or algorithm-driven decisions, examine the assumptions underlying these technologies, document the lived experiences of those who are affected, and explore innovative ways to prevent such injustices. Innovative qualitative and digital methods will be used to identify connections across community, policy and technology perspectives on ‘big data’. The project is expected to deepen social engagement with disadvantaged communities, and strengthen global impact in promoting social justice in a datafied world.

The ideal candidate for this project will possess:

  • A strong background in either Media Studies, Information Management and Systems, Cultural Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Media Law, Science and Technology Law, Social Policy, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, or related fields
  • Experience with either empirical research and/or the application of theoretical frameworks to media technologies
  • Expertise in media and communication policy/practice, and/or social justice issues/programmes
  • An openness to interdisciplinary research and a willingness to develop new research methodologies
Supervisory team
Tanja
Dreher

Arts & Social Sciences
Arts and Media
Heather
Ford

Arts & Social Sciences
Arts and Media
Janet
Chan

Law
Law
t.dreher@unsw.edu.au