The Technology we Choose to Create: Human rights advocacy in the Internet Engineering Task Force

This 2021 article in Telecommunications Policy is an ethnographic analysis of recent efforts in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to consider human rights values in the development of Internet networking standards and protocols. By deploying qualitative methods—65 semi-structured interviews and two years of ethnography—I provide a detailed anthropological picture of how IETF participants understand technology, and what consequences their perspectives have for human rights advocacy. Internet governance scholars have recently debated the “turn to the infrastructure” and the role of human rights advocacy in the IETF. Bringing these insights together, I argue that the IETF’s shared view about the non-prescriptive nature of technology encourages participants to resist the inclusion of human rights values through standardization.

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Governing Artificial Intelligence

This 2018 issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A presents an in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities posed in developing accountable, fair and transparent governance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. How can this be achieved and through which frameworks?

AI increasingly permeates every aspect of our society, from the critical, like, law enforcement, healthcare, and humanitarian aid, to the everyday like dating. Simultaneously, AI may be misused or behave in unpredicted and potentially harmful ways. Questions on the role of the law, ethics, and technology in governing AI systems are thus more relevant than ever before.

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