Change Maker series - Ethics in AI

Event date:  12 August 2020

This Change Makers Event explores Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Watch an interdisciplinary panel discuss various aspects of AI ethics while looking closely at Australia's AI Ethics Framework, released in 2019 by Data61 and underpinned by eight ethical principles for AI.

You'll hear from Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, lead author of 'Australia's AI Ethics Framework' and Head of Strategic Foresight for Data61, and Professor Liz Campbell from Monash Law, who has undertaken research in AI ethics and facial recognition technology. They are joined by Dr Campbell Wilson, Associate Dean (International) of Monash IT, who will draw on his experience in the Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement and Community Safety Lab a partnership with the Australian Federal Police.

Upholding a human rights perspective, the discussion was expertly moderated by Professor the Hon. Kevin Bell AM QC.

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Professor the Hon. Kevin Bell AM QC
Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Professor the Hon Kevin Bell AM QC is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for fifteen years and wrote a number of leading judgments under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, including Kracke, Patrick’s Case and PBU and NJE. He was president of the Forensic Leave Panel and president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Before becoming a judge, Professor Bell was for twenty years a barrister and Queens Counsel with a national practise in human rights and administrative, native tile and constitutional law. He has a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and in 2017 was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to native title and human rights, and the community’


Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
Senior Principal Scientist - Strategy and Foresight, Data61 | CSIRO

Stefan is a senior principal scientist at CSIRO’s Data61 in the field of data-driven strategy and foresight. He is director of Data61 Insights, a team of researchers helping governments, companies and communities explore plausible futures and make wise choices. Stefan has over 100 publications generating 3800 citations in the international research literature in fields related to geography, economics, computer science, management strategy and decision theory.

Over the past twenty years he has delivered hundreds of research consultancies for public and private sector customers across Australia and worldwide. His book “Global Megatrends” is one of CSIRO Publishing’s best-sellers in its category. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualification in economics from the University of New England. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Foresight Community and is currently a member of the OECD Government Foresight Community. Stefan’s current work is focused on artificial intelligence strategy and policy-levers to catalyse the growth of digital industries.

Professor Liz Campbell
Francine V McNiff Chair of Criminal Jurisprudence

Professor Liz Campbell is the inaugural Francine V McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence at Monash University. Her research focuses on how the law responds to sophisticated, profit-driven crime, both by otherwise legitimate corporate entities as well as networks of organised crime. Another strand of her research looks at the use of biometrics in investigation and prosecution, and she is a member of the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group. Her research has been funded by the Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security, the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Law Foundation of New Zealand, the Fulbright Commission, the Modern Law Review, and the Carnegie Trust.

Dr Campbell Wilson
Co-director, AiLECS Lab, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Information Technology

Dr Wilson has keen interests in digital forensics, information retrieval, machine learning and bioinformatics.Since his PhD in the probabilistic modelling of image databases, Dr Wilson has published extensively in a range of areas such as information retrieval, privacy-enhancing technologies, health information provision, user interface design and content-based image databases. He has also supervised a number of PhDs to completion, and currently oversees PhD projects in diverse specialisations such as forensic data mining, information retrieval, dynamic adaptation of websites, musical genre recognition and region-based image retrieval. Dr Wilson is currently co-director of the AiLECS Lab, a partnership with the Australian Federal Police. He is also a celebrated senior lecturer and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of IT at Monash.

This event was presented by Monash Law, in collaboration with Monash ITMonash Data Futures Institute and Better Governance and Policy Initiative