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Founded by Professor Kate Henne, JusTech works to ensure that emerging and disruptive technologies are not only accessible and secure, but also regulated appropriately. Its goal is to advance knowledge that can be used to counteract harmful effects of innovation and to promote more equitable social outcomes. It brings together experts from different backgrounds to understand how power asymmetries affect technoscience in practice. In addition to members affiliated with RegNet, the lab maintains partnerships with scholars based at ANU, other Australian research organisations and overseas institutions.

Lab members have carried out studies across domains, including crime control, development, health, humanitarianism, internet governance, sport and welfare provision. Their ongoing work spans sites in Australia, the Middle East, North America, the Pacific, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

JusTech’s current initiatives promote:

  • Partnerships for the Governance and Regulation of Wellbeing, Technoscience and Health (GRoWTH), which provide critical insights into how technoscience is changing understandings of wellbeing and the systems that govern health; 
  • Responsive AI Regulation (RepAIR), which draws on principles from algorithmic reparation, design justice and harm reduction to support the development of responsive regulatory approaches to AI governance;
  • Surveillance and Technologies of Policing (SToP) Projects, which study the effects of augmenting surveillance technologies as tools for policing individuals and groups in different contexts.

Individual projects trace developments in AI governance, aid delivery, algorithmic regulation, biotechnology, climate finance, data economies, digital health and welfare, neuroscience and technology, precision health, regulatory science and urban infrastructure.

JusTech is committed to providing robust student training and professional development. The lab facilitates hands-on workshops, reading groups and outreach activities.

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