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CIC briefs ACOSS on AI’s implications for low-waged workers

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality, and the peak body for the community services sector in Australia. Verity Firth, Director of the UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion, convenes an Annual Policy Dialogue to support ACOSS and explore potential collaborations.

CIC’s Kirsty Kitto and Simon Buckingham Shum joined this year’s forum, briefing ACOSS on AI and its ethical dimensions, as they grapple with the implications of automation for low-waged workers. The session was framed as follows:

Despite AI’s potential for beneficial use, it creates important risks for Australians. AI, big data, and AI-informed decision making can cause exclusion, discrimination, skill loss, and economic impact; and can affect privacy, security of critical infrastructure and social well-being. What types of technology raise particular human rights concerns? Which human rights are particularly implicated?

Simon and Kirsty introduced the different kinds of AI, and some of the critical questions that can be asked about them. If this is of interest, check out the briefing slides, and visit some of the leading advocates for workers rights in the age of AI.