Decentering automated-decision making: technology and social change from the majority world

Keynote presentation by Professor Heather Horst, Director, Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, for the College of Design and Social Context Doctoral Research Conference.

Join us for the first DSC Doctoral Research Conference keynote presentation! We're delighted to host Professor Heather Horst, Director, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University for a presentation on the growth of automated decision-making systems and their impact on everyday life. 

Using case studies from the majority world, a 'decentering' framework will be introduced to understand technologies like AI and ADM. The discussion will explore the creation, implementation, thwarting, and alteration of technical systems in non-Western regions, highlighting the social impact of these technologies. By examining innovation, investment, discourse, and practice, the talk will demonstrate the consequences of ADM and suggest ways to develop more nuanced understandings of these emergent technologies. It will also discuss alternative futures for these technologies based on different practices and possibilities.

In-person keynote and networking reception in the Green Brain conference room, Building 16, RMIT City Campus. 

The DSC Doctoral Research Conference brings together our three existing symposia – Practice Research Symposium (PRS), Urban Futures Symposium and Social Change Symposium – to create a shared space for innovation, sustainability, and resilience aligned with the theme of regenerative futures. To find out more about the DSC Doctoral Research Conference, visit the website.

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