Our research

The mass accumulation of data and information about people is profoundly changing our lives. We want to measure, understand and challenge the impacts these changes bring.

Our research explores the emergence and ascendance of the linked phenomena of datafication and automation of human life.

Current projects

Team members of the Datafication and Automation of Human Life research group at QUTRobodebt Lived Actualities Study

The use of automated decision-making to identify discrepancies within the income data of social security recipients, and the sending of automated claims of a potential debt (labelled ‘robodebt’) has been controversial.

This project aims to construct an understanding of the lived experience of robodebt through the gathering of a robust data set of the individual’s experiences of robodebt, with a particular focus on:

  • the timing and manner of the notification
  • the Department of Social Security’s basis for the alleged debt
  • the recipient’s claim about the alleged debt
  • steps the recipient took to communicate with the Department
  • use and progress through administrative law avenues (merits review, ombudsman, FOI)
  • the impact of the process and debt on the recipient.

Key researchers: Anna Hughes, Lyndal Sleep, Nigel Stobbs and Kieran Tranter

Big Data and the GDPR: Impacts for the property industry

Creating and using big data creates big risks – from hackers, uninformed users, technology failures and regulatory breaches.

This project will consider the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the non-EU based members of multi-national property firms in their dealings with such data. The project will involve doctrinal and qualitative research focussing on the impacts within Australia and (in anticipation of Brexit) the UK, which will be transferable to other jurisdictions.

Lead researcher: Lucy Cradduck

Law, Technology and Humans journal

Law, Technology and Humans is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing original, innovative research concerned with the human and humanity of technology and law. Law, Technology and Humans publishes collections of articles in special issues and symposiums, and individual articles.

Committed to the wide and unrestricted dissemination of knowledge, Law, Technology and Humans encourages scholarship that reflects on how technology is changing law, regulation and normative conduct and also how law, regulation and normative conduct effects local and global challenges and opportunities from technological change.

Chief Editor: Kieran Tranter