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Immigration Applications: Refugee Determinations and Report a.i

immigration applications: We know that the government is experimenting with the use of these technologies ... but it's clear that without appropriate safeguards and oversight mechanisms, using A.I. in immigration and refugee determinations is very risky because the impact on people's lives are quite real, said Petra Molnar, one of the authors of the report, according to Vancouver Courier. A.I. is not neutral. The research, conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab outlines the impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions within the technology could lead to life-and-death ramifications for immigrants and refugees.article continues below Trending Stories Richmond's off-street prostitution rings highlighted by deportation case Fentanyl dealer says demand for deadly drug is driving Vancouver market The authors of the report issue a list of seven recommendations calling for greater transparency and public reporting and oversight on government's use of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to automate certain activities involving immigrant and visitor applications. It's kind of like a recipe and if your recipe is biased, the decision that the algorithm will make is also biased and difficult to challenge. Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, says the analytics program helps officers triage online visa applications to process routine cases more efficiently. Earlier this year, federal officials launched two pilot projects to have an A.I. system sort through temporary resident visa applications from China and India. ( As reported in the news.