Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech)

Australia's election is under threat because of Facebook

by Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran

As the next federal election looms, Australia is not immune to the unprecedented power of Big Tech.

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Tools of control

PhD candidate Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran was quoted in Information Age on the trial of facial recognition and geolocation data apps in South Australia.

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Face recognition on person

Body cams alone not enough to prevent police violence

Experts are calling for broader police reforms after new analysis from The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Waterloo in Canada raised serious que

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Bodycam on police officer

How Australia used tech against welfare recipients

In this episode of Tech Won’t Save Us, PhD scholar Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran joins Paris Marx to discusses Australia’s robodebt scandal where automated decision-making was used against welfare rec

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The Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech) responds to growing concerns that disruptive technologies can exacerbate discrimination and inequality in society. Founded by Professor Kate Henne, JusTech pursues research that identifies and explains unintended consequences of technoscientific development to enhance the governance of science and technology.

As a collaboratory, JusTech brings together experts from different backgrounds to understand how power and innovation operate in practice and to develop more robust and equitable regulatory responses. It also provides student training and professional development through hands-on workshops, reading groups and outreach activities.

JusTech currently supports two key initiatives:

  • Partnerships for the Governance and Regulation of Wellbeing, Technoscience and Health (GRoWTH), which provide critical insights into how technoscience is changing understandings of human wellbeing and the systems that govern health.
  • Surveillance and Technologies of Policing (SToP) Projects, which examine the effects of using surveillance technologies as regulatory tools across domains of law enforcement, migration and welfare provision.

Members also pursue projects across a range of other topics, including biotechnology, climate finance, data governance, educational technologies, health informatics, platform governance, regulatory science, transborder mobility and urban infrastructure.

In addition to Lab members affiliated with RegNet, JusTech maintains partnerships with scholars based at ANU, other Australian research organisations and overseas institutions.

ANU and Australian collaborators:

International collaborators:

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JusTech comprises academic staff from RegNet, including postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students, and faculty members in other schools and institutions.

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Research projects

JusTech projects

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JusTech Publications

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet