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Job Ad: Citizen Lab and Data Analytics

job ad: A report being released Wednesday by U of T's International Human Rights Program and Citizen Lab recommends Ottawa establish an independent, arms-length oversight body to review all uses of automated decision systems by the federal government, according to Toronto Star. Jenny Kim of Ryookyung Kim Design According to a new University of Toronto study, the job ad is just the latest example of government replacing human decision-making with machines a trend it says is creating a laboratory for high-risk experiments that threaten migrants' human rights and should alarm all Canadians. This is not a fictional ad but a tender notice recently issued by Ottawa to explore the potential use of artificial intelligence and data analytics in Canada's immigration and refugee system. The nuanced and complex nature of many refugee and immigration claims may be lost on these technologies, leading to serious breaches of internationally and domestically protected human rights, in the form of bias, discrimination, privacy breaches, due process and procedural fairness issues, warned the 88-page report being released Wednesday by U of T's International Human Rights Program and Citizen Lab. Article Continued Below Concerned about the human impact of automated systems, researchers dug into public records such as public statements, policies and media reports of the federal government's adoption of the technologies in the immigration system. These systems will have life-and-death ramifications for ordinary people, many of whom are fleeing for their lives. ( As reported in the news.