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Ethics, AI and Digital Innovation in the Global South: An Evolving Research Agenda



When: 2.30pm on Wenedsay 4th May

Where: Online - Use this Link to Join 

There is a growing and evolving body of work within the ADAPT Centre in Trinity College Dublin focusing on various aspects of digital innovation in the Global South which is designed to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This body of work examines the ethics of digital innovation with a focus on AI ethics, the design and implementation of mobile health (mHealth) systems, development of frameworks for user engagement with mHealth, and the use of knowledge graphs to create insights into the current body of impact evaluations using AI and machine learning techniques.  Hosted by the ICT4D Study Group, this webinar will discuss this work with the researchers involved in these projects.

Chair: Dr P.J. Wall, Convenor ICT4D Study Group


  • Tochukwu Ikwunne
  • Cathy Roche
  • Matt Murtagh-White

About the Contributors

Dr P.J. WallP.J. Wall bio picture is a Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow with the School of Computer Science & Statistics and the School of Religion in Trinity College Dublin.  He is also convenor of the Information, Technology and Development (ICT4D) Study Group with DSA Ireland.  P.J.’s research explores digital innovation in the Global South, with a specific focus on the ethical, social, cultural and political aspects associated with the implementation and use of AI and mobile technologies.  


Tochukwu IkwunneTochukwu Ikwunne is a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre in Trinity College Dublin where his work examines human-engaged computing and human-computer interaction (HCI) and his current research focuses on mobile health design process to improve user engagement in Sierra Leone.  Tochukwu holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nigeria (Nsukka) and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria.  Tochukwu has previously held positions with the Ministry of Economic Development in Nigeria and has recently completed an internship with World Vision Ireland.


Cathy RocheCathy Roche is a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre in Trinity College Dublin where her research looks at the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly from the perspectives of the Global South and gender.  Cathy holds a MSc in Computing (Data Analytics) from Technological University Dublin and an MA in Development from Dublin City University.  Cathy has previously worked in education with Irish Aid, Young Social innovators and Amnesty International Ireland before taking a role in technology with the financial sector. 


Matt Murtagh-WhiteMatt Murtagh-White is a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre in Trinity College Dublin where his research interests are in using knowledge graphs and AI for impact evaluation meta-analysis in the Global South.  Matt holds a BA in Politics and Economics from Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford.  Matt spent two years working to set up a data science team for the National Institute of Statistics in Kigali, Rwanda.

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