The Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context is led by Professor Céline Castets-Renard at the University of Ottawa, in the Civil Law Faculty.
The Chair explores the social challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) from a legal perspective. We especially work on social inequalities, with a focus on race, gender and intersectionality. We also study inequalities between the Global North and South, in particular the deployment and design of AI in Africa. Finally, we analyze an area that is still largely unexplored: the risks of AI on humanitarian actions, human rights, and international relations. The aim is to identify inequalities and promote technical and legal solutions to overcome them.
In addition to publishing theoretical analyses, the Chair also conducts action-research through its interdisciplinary center combining law and data science: the Inclusive Technology Lab, where we produce technical tools at the service of law and society.
Building on our team of experts on Canada, the E.U. and the U.S., as well as on our external partnerships, we conduct comparative legal and policy studies to guide legislators' action on AI and automated decision making systems. We adopt a particular focus on the risks of bias and inequalities in new technology.
The unique and innovative nature of the Chair is due to two main factors: (1) interdisciplinarity combining law and data science in the fight against inequalities; and (2) the construction of a corpus of knowledge on the contributions and limits of AI in the world and its social consequences, in order to inform policy-making on the issue.
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