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AI, human rights, and digital welfare: Miranda Kajtazi takes the lead

Photograph of the Pufendorf institute. Surrounded by green lawns.
The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Associate professor at the Department of Informatics, Miranda Kajtazi, is currently involved in a mix of internal and external grants.

At the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Miranda Kajtazi is leading an Advanced Study Group on "Human Rights, Digital Inequalities, and Social Consequences of AI". This project is ongoing from September 2023 to June 2024.

"This ASG focuses on digital innovations by exploring the linkages between digital innovation and emergent digital inequalities in relation to human rights. While the world remains deeply divided between poor and wealthy, we argue that digital inequalities impact human rights in all walks of life, although the consequences are more severe for the poor. The persistence of such inequalities creates new venues for investigating how human rights are realized in protecting the marginalized and the protections aimed at promoting equality in the age of advanced AI." - taken from the Pufendorf website.

Miranda Kajtazi is also Co-Investigating a research project titled "What does a ‘good’ digital welfare state look like?" for ESRC Digital Good Funding Network, UK. This project is ongoing from August 2023 to April 2024. She shared the following short introduction of the project: 

"The right to access social security is enshrined in international human rights law. However as welfare systems are digitised, this right is under threat both from unaccountable algorithmic decision making and digitally excluded communities’ lack of access to services. Despite extensive scrutiny of these negative shifts there has been little examination of what a ‘good’ digitised welfare system might look like, even in Nordic countries where citizen-state relations are premised on a generous welfare state. ICT for Development (ICT4D) and human rights offer normative frameworks to assess how a technology might contribute to human flourishing - including Sen’s capability approach and the Sustainable Development Goals. This project brings together UK and Scandinavian experts on the digital welfare state from computing, ICT4D, information systems, and human rights, together with community groups in the UK to capture the values underlying existing provision, and propose new normative frameworks for ‘good’ digital welfare." 

What is an ASG?

"An Advanced Study Group gathers a group of researchers from different disciplines addressing a common research problem.

An ASG provides an opportunity for researchers at Lund University to work on a research problem or idea that is at a very early stage, and think in new ways together with others in an interdisciplinary environment."