The Igarapé Institute and New America are convening a group of 15 technologists, researchers, and practitioners to develop recommendations guiding the design and deployment of predictive algorithms.

Predictive tools are revolutionizing security and development around the world. On the one hand, they are generating efficiencies and economies of scale. On the other hand, these technologies have a dark side. 


To help ensure predictive technologies promote human rights and sustainable and equitable development, the Igarapé Institute and New America created the Global Task Force on Predictive Analytics for Security and Development. The task force comprises some of the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners, and advocates. They come from five continents and represent a diversity of backgrounds and identities, including technologists, lawyers, journalists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, and a Nobel laureate.

The task force will meet several times throughout 2023 to prepare recommendations primarily targeting developing world governments, companies, and nonprofits. It will issue several briefs throughout the year and a public report at the beginning of 2024. 

Task Force Members

Reuben Abraham

CEO, Artha Global

Chinmayi Arun

Research Scholar in Law and Executive Director of the Information Society Project,Yale Law School

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Human rights lawyer, and Principal, Responsible Technology, Omidyar Network

Tiffiniy Cheng

Co-founder, Fight for Future and Open Congress

Rumman Chowdhury

Former Director for ML Ethics, Twitter and AI Fellow,Berkman Klein

Haksoo Ko

Professor of Law, Seoul National University School of Law (observer)

Ronaldo Lemos

Professor, Rio de Janeiro State University Law School

Vukosi Marivate

ABSA Chair of Data Science, University of Pretoria

Yolanda Martinez

GovStack Initiative Lead, International Telecommunications Union

Nanjala Nyabola

Writer, researcher, political analyst, and activist

Taylor Owen

Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Center of Media, Technology and Democracy, Max Bell School of Public Policy,at McGill University

Maria A. Ressa

CEO, President, and Co-Founder, Rappler and Nobel Laureate

Fabro Steibel

Executive Director, Institute for Technology and Society Rio

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, Governance Lab (GovLab),New York University

Andrew Wyckoff

Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

This report offers recommendations to ensure more accountable, transparent and ethical AI in Global South contexts.

This publication presents principles and practical recommendations for the ethical and inclusive design and use of predictive analytics for security and development, with a focus on lower and middle-income countries.

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank committed to citizen, digital, and climate security. Founded in 2011 and based in Brazil, the Institute designs and delivers data-driven and evidence-based solutions to address global challenges. The Institute oversees activities in over 20 countries across the Americas, Africa and Europe leveraging a combination of primary research, technology innovation, strategic partnerships, and global advocacy and communications. Ranked among the top social policy and environment think tanks in the world and a leading non-profit in Brazil, the Institute works with governments, the private sector, and civil society to deliver lasting social impact.



New America is a think tank and civic enterprise dedicated to renewing, reimagining and realizing the Promise of America in an era of rapid technological and social change. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and intellectuals and pioneered bold and successful policy initiatives in areas ranging from education to open technology to political reform. As the nation’s premier idea incubator and accelerator, New America has the unique capacity to quickly innovate new programs and scale existing programs that address the most relevant problems in our society — today, and in decades to come. 



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