Project Details


The past century has witnessed technological advancements ranging from heavy machinery to computers to AI and Internet of Things. These developments have brought considerable innovation to humanity, but also pose significant threats to human rights.

This Advanced Study Group focuses on digital innovations by exploring the linkages between digital innovation and emergent digital inequalities in relation to human rights. While the world remains deeply divided between poor and wealthy, we argue that digital inequalities impact human rights in all walks of life, although the consequences are more severe for the poor. The persistence of such inequalities creates new venues for investigating how human rights are realized in protecting the marginalized and the protections aimed at promoting equality in the age of advanced AI.

Layman's description

Advanced Study Group (ASG) at the Pufendorf IAS
Short titleRights, Inequalities and Consequences of AI
Effective start/end date2023/09/012024/06/30

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • New York University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Social Sciences