In brief

About the project

The "Automation on the Move" project by our partner AlgorithmWatch aims to challenge the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) on migrants, refugees and travelers without adequate democratic discussion or oversight. The project seeks to understand how ADM systems are being used, by whom, why, and what safeguards are lacking. Over the course of the project, AlgorithmWatch will develop proposals to address shortcomings and advocate for adequate regulation, oversight, and enforcement.

What are the project goals?

The project has four main goals: coalition building, in-depth analysis, inclusion of the voices of affected individuals and the production of policy recommendations for the use of AI and ADM in migration. AlgorithmWatch believes that the best way to address the given challenges is through collaboration. Therefore, AlgorithmWatch will reach out to civil society organizations, academics and journalists to gather information. This knowledge helps to identify and then fill gaps in current research and investigative efforts. An important part of the project is the involvement of affected individuals. AlgorithmWatch will listen to the voices of these people and provide them with a platform to make their needs heard. Their perspective is essential to understand the actual consequence that automated systems have on people on the move. Based on the information gathered, policy recommendations for the use of AI and ADM in migration will be developed.

How does the project work?

The project will adopt a mixture of investigative journalism, desk and on-the-ground research, in-depth analysis of available literature and use cases, and network building. Whenever possible, AlgorithmWatch will implement these efforts in collaboration and coordination with partner organizations. The findings of the research will be shared on the websites of AlgorithmWatch and partner organizations. The project is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Contact person

Fabio Chiusi
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
e-mail to Fabio Chiusi