JUST AI Fellowship

Ada Lovelace Institute Fellowship
Location London
Application deadline 30 August 2020
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Part-time
Salary £10,000 funding for project
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Visiting Fellowship with the Ada Lovelace Institute’s JUST AI Network, supported by AHRC.

The role

A grant for £10k at least four projects that will contribute to locating and filling gaps in ethical thinking about data and AI with respect to racial justice. The projects will develop anti-racist and decolonial perspectives on data and AI, address structural and systemic inequalities, and shape the field by investigating ethics in new ways and foregrounding overlooked scholars and ethical perspectives.

Key roles and responsibilities

We will commission at least four projects that can contribute to locating and filling gaps in thinking with respect to racial justice and AI ethics.

The projects commissioned by JUST AI will be oriented as follows:

– Two research projects addressing a topic of substantive interest at the intersection of racial justice and AI ethics. A list of suggested topics can be found on the website. Proposals on other closely related topics are welcome. A broad range of research approaches are invited from testimonials to conventional qualitative or quantitative studies.

– One creative project that aims to explore interlocking and contested issues of data, AI, Blackness, and racial justice. Production costs for this work will be covered by Ada, subject to pre-approval.

– One project with a specific remit to lead on the development of a co-produced policy brief on data, AI, and racial justice in the UK, which would incorporate the contributions of other Visiting Fellows. This project will unite the other research projects and amplify their influence.

Each successful applicant will be expected to participate in JUST AI lab meetings and Ada events, and produce one output (i.e. a research position paper, a policy brief, a creative intervention), as well as contributing regularly to content exploring critical approaches to data and AI, externalised through events or blog posts curated by the Ada Lovelace Institute.

The outputs are expected to represent sustained work over a period of four to six months.

Experience and skills

Applications are invited from people with relevant research or policy experience in any sector, and creative practitioners who can apply their skills to explore interlocking and contested issues of data, AI, Blackness, and racial justice.

Applicants are asked to evidence their relevant experience and expertise, and there are no minimum academic requirements. For the research projects, consideration of eligibility will be based on the standards articulated in Dismantling Systemic Racism at the Oxford Internet Institute.