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Artificial Intelligence and Health in New Zealand (2023)

This panel is organised by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. This project will tackle the implications of this rapidly evolving technology with a focus on the opportunities it creates to satisfy unmet needs, in the context of the challenges it poses (see Terms of Reference). Panel members include:

  • James Maclaurin (University of Otago)
  • Ali Knott (Victoria University of Wellington)

Responsible AI for Social Media Governance (2021)

Responsible AI for Social Media Governance, funded by the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. This project has been running since 2021 and is reviewed annually.

This project is organised by the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence'sResponsible Uses of AI working group. It proposes a way in which the government of a given country can ask a social media company to conduct studies of the effects of its recommender systems on citizens of that country. The project dovetails with the workstream agreed at the 2021 Christchurch Call Summit, which also includes a focus on recommender algorithms.

2021 Christchurch Call Summit (PDF)
Visit the Responsible AI for social media governance website for more information.


  • Principal Investigators: Alistair Knott (Victoria University of Wellington), Dino Pedreschi (University of Pisa), Kate Hannah (University of Auckland)
  • Postdoctoral fellows: Tapabrata Chakraborti (University of Oxford), Sanjana Hattotuwa (University of Auckland)

Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand, funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation (2018-2021)

This two-part three-year project is focused on

  1. ethical and legal issues concerning the use of predictive risk models in criminal justice and
  2. ethical and legal issues resulting from changes in workplaces and in employment due to the deployment of Artificial Intelligence.


  • Principal Investigators: Colin Gavaghan, Ali Knott and James Maclaurin
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: John Zerilli
  • Associate Research Fellow: Joy Liddicoat

Go to the Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand website.

Horizon Scanning Report on AI for Australian Commonwealth Science Council (2019)

The Australian Council of Learned Academies is working with the Royal Society Te Apārangi on the Horizon Scanning Report on AI.

This project was commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist and the Commonwealth Science Council to undertake a comprehensive study into the opportunities and challenges presented by the deployment of artificial intelligence in Australia and New Zealand.

The study, through its final report, is intended to inform policy considerations into the social, legal, ethical, technological and economic implications for broader use of artificial intelligence applications.

  • James Maclaurin is the Royal Society Te Apārangi representative on the Expert Working Group
  • Other CAIPP researchers involved in the project are Lisa Ellis, Colin Gavaghan, Joy Liddicoat and John Zerilli

Visit the Australian Council of Learned Academies website for more information.

MOU with the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (2018)

Signed by both CAIPP and the Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies, this MOU is designed to facilitate ongoing consultation and sharing of research findings from the AI and Law in NZ project with the government department responsible for New Zealand's role in the D7 group of digitally advanced nations.

The ethics of social policy uses of predictive risk modelling, funded by the RSNZ Marsden fund (2018-2020)

This three year standard Marsden project is run out of the University of Auckland by Professor Tim Dare of Auckland's Philosophy Programme.

Visit Professor Tim Dare's profile page.

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