My work uses Sub-Saharan African epistemologies and ontologies as a decoloniality framework whose goal is a more humane and equitable world based on balanced and fair power relations between the Global North and South. My work on the intersection of Ethics, Technology and Human Rights is founded on the proposition that global equity and equality cannot be achieved without a fundamental restructuring and freeing of the physical and spiritual spaces governed by coloniality.
More succintly, ethics, technology and human rights must question their default Euro-North America center and the coloniality veiled and perpetuated as progress and modernity, in order to restore the humanity of the oppressed.
As a computer scientist, researcher and Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a Technology and Human Rights Fellow Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, I focus on the ethical implications of technology in the developing world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the creation of tools to make Artificial Intelligence more accessible and inclusive to underrepresented communities.
I’m interested in tools and policies that can improve the intelligence of machines and its benefits to the most disenfranchised communities while securing and maintaining the rights and sovereignty of marginalized communities.
Some current technical projects include the creation of Natural Language Processing models for African languages, AI for low resource environments such as web browsers and mobile devices, alternative design of web-platforms for decentralizing data, and an open-source library for offline networks.
View some of my ongoing projects here.