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2 Okt 2023

Amnesty International

Amnesty International's "Digitally Divided" report examines emerging technologies' role in widening inequality

"Emerging Technology and AI Are Driving the Crisis of Widening Inequality Around the World", 2 October 2023

Many uses of emerging technology, including AI, are directly contributing to widening social, racial, and economic inequality around the world, according to new Amnesty International research. The report, Digitally Divided: Technology, inequality, and human rights (Digitally Divided), takes a wide look at different uses of emerging technology across many sectors and shows how many of today’s emerging technologies are built upon models of economic extraction that perpetuate historical biases, particularly against racialized people, people experiencing poverty, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups...

...Digitally Divided also builds upon Amnesty’s previous work to help show how human rights violations are increasingly intersectional in nature, with factors of marginalization like gender, sexuality, economic status, race, and disability being essentially intertwined. The report identifies people who are most impacted by technology and inequality as groups with insecure citizenship status, including refugees and asylum seekers; people who experience structural racism, particularly Black, Indigenous, and other racialized groups; people experiencing poverty or economic insecurity; incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people, as well as others who interact with the criminal justice system; children and young people; and people living with disabilities. “Many marginalized people are forced to rely upon tech platforms for communication, work, and education, even as their ability to protect themselves from privacy violations and discrimination – which is often facilitated by these technologies – continues to be eroded,” said Aspen...

...Digitally Divided is the first of four briefings on technology and inequality, which are aimed at starting conversations among civil society organizations, governments, and movements concerned with rising inequality around the world, particularly in the context of new technologies like AI...