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Law Council of Australia


Human Rights and Technology

The submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in response to its ‘Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper’, released in July 2018 was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality have the potential both to promote and threaten the protection of human rights. For example, AI may improve human rights by making access to justice more affordable and may remove human bias in decision making. However, it may also introduce the risk of design biases being built into systems, a lack of transparency and the loss of discretion in decision making.

The Issues Paper identifies a suite of human rights that new technologies might affect, from the right to education, to the right to a fair trial, to the right to benefit from scientific progress. Key points raised by the Law Council in responding to the matters set out in the Issues Paper include:

You can read the full submission below.


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