Money, Power and AI: From Automated Banks to Automated States

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Money, Power and AI: From Automated Banks to Automated States

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Join us for the Money, Power and AI: From Automated Banks to Automated States Conference at UNSW Sydney, in-person and online.

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AI and automated decision-making tools promise money and unmatched power to banks and governments alike: not only, so the saying goes, will they know everything about their citizens and customers, but will also be able to predict their behaviour, preferences and opinions. A global consulting firm McKinsey estimates that AI technologies will unlock 1 trillion dollars additional value for global banking industry every year. No wonder, governments around the world are quick to jump on the AI bandwagon, expecting increased efficiency, reduced costs and better insights into their populations. But will AI and automated decision-making meet these promises?

Conference Dates

The conference will be held in-person and online:

  • 29 November 2021 (Monday) – in-person conference at UNSW Sydney (Law Building, Theatre G04) live-streamed, 9 am to 4.30 pm. Morning & afternoon tea and lunch will be provided for participants;
  • 29 November 2021 (Monday) - online sessions 6 pm to 7 pm (in English) and 7 pm to 9 pm (in Spanish);
  • 30 November 2021 (Tuesday) – online sessions, 12 pm to 2.30 pm (in English) and 7pm to 9pm (in Spanish)

Covid-19 Safety Precautions

In-person conference attendees on November 29 will be required to check-in to the event with a unique QR-code upon entry, and will also be required to provide proof of double vaccination. Face masks will also be mandatory for the duration of the event.

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Conference Organisers

  • Zofia Bednarz is a Research Associate with the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation UNSW, and will soon be a Lecturer at Sydney Law School. Zofia's research focuses on commercial law and technology, company law and consumer contracts.
  • Monika Zalnieriute is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at UNSW Sydney. Monika’s research explores the interplay between law, technology, and politics.  She is also an Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

Conference Hosts and Sponsors

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  • Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law & Justice and UNSW Business School, is the premier research centre for the study of the dynamics of market regulation. The Centre’s work is distinctive in the range of market institutions it studies, its focus on understanding the nature and effects of regulation, and its attention to the social justice dimensions of regulation.
  • Australian Human Rights Institute breaks silos between academic research and real-world problems to progress human rights. Building on the outstanding legacy of the Australian Human Rights Centre, the Institute delivers multidisciplinary, applied research, empowering communities and educating the next generation of human rights leaders. It works in partnership with government, industry and human rights defenders through advocacy, education and public engagement to achieve impact.
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) brings together universities, industry, government and the community to support the development of responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making. The Centre combines leading researchers from the humanities, social and technological sciences and works with technologists, policy-makers, and public communicators.
  • Allens Hub for Technology and Innovation is an independent community of scholars based at UNSW Sydney. As a partnership between Allens and UNSW Law, the Hub adds breadth and depth to research on the diverse interactions among technological change, law, and legal practice. The partnership enriches academic and policy debates and drives considered reform of law and practice.


In addition to the hosts and sponsors listed above, this conference is also partially funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (‘Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making, Privacy and Discrimination Laws’, project number DE210101183) and by the Santander Financial institute (SANFI) award for Early Career Researchers (‘Regulating the Use of AI and Big Data in Retail Financial Services: Promoting Innovation and Preventing Consumer Harm’).

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Ranked 13th in the world, UNSW Law & Justice is Australia's leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Grounded in black letter skills and inspired by principles of justice, we study law in action and make a difference in this world.

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