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Keymanthri Moodley & Stuart Rennie

Stuart Rennie, PhD, and Keymanthri Moodley, PhD, co-PI’s of the Research for Ethical Data Science in Southern Africa (REDSSA) project, a collaboration between the UNC Center for Bioethics and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, served as guest editors in the recent special issue of the South African Journal of Science on big data and AI in sub-Saharan Africa.

Multiple articles in the issue are written with contributions from UNC Center for Bioethics faculty, including Rennie, Suzanne Day, PhD, MA, and Eric Juengst, PhD, MA. The pieces explore the benefits of data science, ethical and legal issues raised by the gathering and using personal data, and the direction of AI governance in the sub-Saharan African context.

Read the special issue on the South African Journal of Science website.

Launched in 2021, the REDSSA project aims to produce new knowledge regarding the ethical, legal, and social implications of conducting data science research to develop evidence-based, context-specific guidance for the conduct and governance of data science initiatives and to strengthen the culture of responsible data science in Southern Africa.