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Safeguarding fundamental rights in an AI-driven future

ALT Advisory launched a series of research output on artificial intelligence (AI) with the objective of mapping the state of AI governance in Africa, testing transparency mechanisms in relation to AI and data privacy, and assessing frameworks for safeguarding fundamental rights in the planning and implementation of AI in South Africa and regionally. The research includes:

  • AI Governance in Africa, an overview of the state of policy and governance measures for artificial intelligence in 55 African countries in order to measure progress at a regional level and identify current gaps and opportunities. Mapping the applicable laws, policies and other regulatory frameworks regarding AI.
  • Failure to Access, an applied research project to test data protection and access to information procedures among prominent companies and government agencies in South Africa in relation to AI and data processing.
  • A.I. Impact, an overview of resources and frameworks for AI impact assessments to guide policymakers and practitioners seeking to protect human rights in the deployment of artificial intelligence.

URL: https://ai.altadvisory.africa

Status: Launched; Research ongoing

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Promoting rights-based technology innovation

DATA PROTECTION AFRICA

Africa’s Data Privacy Resource

Data Protection Africa is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 32 African countries.

URL: https://dataprotection.africa

Status: Launched; Development ongoing

Developing international human rights law

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DEMOCRACY 2.0

Leveraging technology to secure and improve democratic processes

The Democracy 2.0 project seeks to determine:

  • How to make democracy appropriate for a time of social media, global connectivity, digital communication, artificial intelligence, and data-driven surveillance.
  • How we right the course towards full and equal participation for all, and prevent degradation into populism or minority rule, despite the numerous new challenges.

Status: Ongoing

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Safeguarding information rights and privacy in Africa

INTERNET IN SCHOOLS

Promoting access to the internet in South African schools

ALT Advisory, in association with the Global Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, Acacia Economics, and Media Monitoring Africa completed a two-year research project from 2018-2020 on internet access in South African schools. The findings of the research have been published in a research report titled: “Access Denied: Internet Access and the Right to Education in South Africa“.

URL: https://internetaccess.africa

Status: Launched!

Developing Africa’s information rights landscape

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DECONSTRUCT

Limiting the scourge of gender-based violence online

Deconstruct is a special project that is managed by Power Singh Inc., an ALT Advisory partner organisation. It seeks to “deconstruct” the law and provide accessible and meaningful legal resources to the public. Deconstruct is currently focusing on preparing resources to limit the scourge of gender-based violence online.

URL: https://powersingh.africa/deconstruct/

Status: Launched!

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Working for positive change around the world 

ENDGBV.AFRICA

Monitoring gender-based violence responses in Africa

Endgbv.africa was created to monitor countries’ responses to gender-based violence (GBV) on- and offline during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond). It identifies gaps in law and policy and advocates for positive social social change.

URL: https://endgbv.africa

Status: Launched; Development ongoing

Developing the private-public interest law model

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OUR FUNDERS

Creating sustainable partnerships in the digital age

ALT Advisory’s Special Projects are jointly funded by the ALT Advisory Public Interest Fund, Luminate, and the Open Society Foundation.