Tuesday 22 May 2018

About the Project

The Australian Human Rights Commission is undertaking a major project on the relationship between human rights and technology. The project is being led by the Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow.

The dawn of intelligent robots. Clouds and deep-learning machines. Big data and black box algorithms. Artificial intelligence could upend every aspect of our lives. For one billion people with disabilities in the world, technology can transform life itself.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has started a project to look at what technology means for our society and how we can harness it for good.


The Commission is holding an international conference on 24 July 2018 in Sydney to discuss:

  • The social impact of artificial intelligence
  • Combating algorithmic bias
  • Inclusive technology for people with disability
  • Social media, free speech & democracy
  • Responsible innovation

For tickets and further information, visit:

Public consultation

On 24 July 2018, the Commission will launch an Issues Paper, which will start an inclusive public consultation process. More information about this will be made available on the Project website:

Major Project Partners

partners DFAT, HSF, LexisNexis, UTS