Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics

Supporting information and technology practices and policies that break down barriers.

Research Projects

Crowdsourced Data: Accuracy, Accessibility, Authority (CDAAA)
Principal Investigator(s): Victoria Van Hyning
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Research Areas: Accessibility and Inclusive Design > Digital Humanities > Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics > Library and Information Science > Social Networks, Online Communities, and Social Media
CDAAA explores the sociotechnical barriers libraries, archives, and museums face in integrating crowdsourced transcriptions to discovery systems. Using data from surveys, semi-structured interviews, data integration demonstrations, and user testing with people who use screen readers, we will produce individualized LAM Partner Reports, a summative white paper, and open-access journal articles.
An Assessment of Pretrial Risk across Maryland Jurisdictions using Client Legal Utility Enging (CLUE) Data
Principal Investigator(s): Zubin Jelveh
Funder: STMD-Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention Other
Research Areas: Archival Science > Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization > Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics
With funding from the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the project aims to understand why pretrial detention decisions are made and whether they align with the risk posed by defendants. By analyzing a large dataset of criminal cases, the team will investigate the predictability of pretrial risk and the court's decision-making. The research will provide insights to improve policy and practice, reducing unnecessary detention while ensuring public safety.
Collaborative Research: ER2: The development of research ethics governance projects in computer science
Principal Investigator(s): Katie Shilton
Funder: National Science Foundation
Research Areas: Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics
This project characterizes and evaluates historical, ongoing, and emerging ethics governance projects within computer science. By creating a recent history of computing governance during this active period of questioning, the project will appraise and evaluate current efforts, and recommend best practices for computing research governance.

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