Inclusivity and Innovation: Pioneering Gender Equality through Research

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On International Women’s Day – which celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women – we are taking a closer look at how a gender perspective can be mainstreamed into the work we do here at Trilateral Research. With much research still being gender blind or gender biased – meaning research does not […]

Disability Rights and Inclusive Climate Justice

The climate crisis is a unique frontier for disabled people. For decades, the disability rights movement has focused on existing structural barriers, like lack of accessible spaces and discrimination. Securing the basic rights that able-bodied people already enjoy, like the right to independence, has limited the opportunities for disabled people to engage in broader social […]

Towards Ethical Data Sharing Solutions for Resilient Healthcare Systems

Many people familiar with the world of tech have heard the phrase “data is the new oil.” It’s easy to dismiss the saying as a celebration of techno-capitalism’s most promising (and least ethical) revenue stream, but the analogy extends beyond profit. Both have the potential to power society. Data is often locked away—in organisational siloes, […]

The Promise of AI-driven Early Warning Systems in Public Health

The resilience of health systems is being challenged across the world, as disasters triggered by climate change—flooding, wildfires, tropical disease outbreaks—increasingly threaten public health. Meanwhile, on the heels of COVID-19, pandemics continue to loom as an emergent threat, worsened by environmental degradation and globalised travel and supply chains. At Trilateral’s Health cluster, we’re supporting the […]

The Power of Human-Rights Centred Ethics-By-Design

The landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) is ever-changing. At the heart of this transformation is the need to incorporate ethics into the design process. Trilateral’s Ethics, Human Rights, and Emerging Tech cluster is dedicated to this principle. We specialise in designing technologies with a strong emphasis on inclusion, accessibility, equality, and sustainability.  This is made […]

Our Hidden Air Pollution Problem and Europe’s Innovative Response

When you picture air pollution, what do you imagine? Likely dust and chemicals made by cars, factories and power plants that clog the air around us. However, air pollution isn’t just confined to the outside. It can also be found in homes, offices, vehicles, and other indoor spaces — sometimes at more dangerous levels than […]

How to Conduct an Ethics Assessment of AI in Policing

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Crucially, ethical scrutiny must engage all aspects of the policing context. The context for adopting AI is neither solely technical nor solely societal in importance; it is a socio-technical interaction whereby technological systems (law enforcement or safeguarding) are designed by humans (developers) for humans (police) with an impact on individuals (citizens, residents, suspects, victims) and […]

Data augmentation for fairness-aware machine learning: Preventing algorithmic bias in law enforcement systems

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Researchers and practitioners in the fairness community have highlighted the ethical and legal challenges of using biased datasets in data-driven systems, with algorithmic bias being a major concern. Despite the rapidly growing body of literature on fairness in algorithmic decision-making, there remains a paucity of fairness scholarship on machine learning algorithms for the real-time detection […]

Human intervention and human oversight in the GDPR and AI Act

Differences and Practical Challenges The GDPR introduced the notion of ‘human intervention’ as a way to prevent, in certain circumstances, decision-making based solely on automated means. The forthcoming AI proposal for a Regulation (“AI Act”) uses the term ‘human oversight’ and sets out certain obligations. For instance, in December 2021, the European Committee of the […]

Googles decides to make easier to Reject All 

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Recently, Google announced its plans to introduce a “Reject All” option within its famous cookie banner. The decision was appreciated by the Information Commissioners Office, by observing this to be a change that was long awaited to improve not only the user interaction, but also the compliance aspects. The ICO in its statement was also […]