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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. For further details visit  

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.

Public consultation

On 17 December 2019, the Commission published the Human Rights and Technology discussion paper, and opened submissions. The deadline for submissions was 14 April 2020.

On 24 July 2018, the Commission published an Issues Paper, which supported an inclusive public consultation process.

More information about the consultation phase for the Project can be found here:


The Commission held an international conference on 24 July 2018 in Sydney which discussed key issues including:

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

For further information about the Project, including highlights of the 2018 conference, visit:

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