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Digital Futures Lab/Issue #4: AI in Asia, Financial Inclusion for Gig Workers, and Crypto Regulation

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Fresh new research, people and events! 🌞🌻
The team at Digital Futures Lab put out some fantastic new work on everything from AI and crypto regulations to possible pathways to financial inclusion for platform workers.
Take a look at what we’ve been writing, practising, reading and even listening to!

research
Digital Futures Lab, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, recently published an edited volume on the ethics and governance of AI in Asia. ‘Reframing AI Governance: Perspectives from Asia’ brings together eleven leading scholars from Asia to interrogate the values, politics, and policies driving AI governance in South and South East Asia.
You can watch a TechLaw.Fest fireside chat between Julia Chen (a contributor to the book) and Nicolas Moës (Director of European AI Governance at The Future Society), moderated by Urvashi Aneja, on a comparative look at AI governance regimes in Europe and China here.
Urvashi Aneja also recently wrote a foresight brief on how digital public goods can support sustainable development without reinforcing existing inequities for the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. She considers what it means to build a digital infrastructure that can accelerate development gains without locking in a particular vision of our digital development futures.
media + events
Aman Nair’s op-ed on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchanges was published in Medianama. His article seeks to understand how crypto-exchanges are classified under India’s E-commerce rules, and how that affects their obligations toward consumers.
MF4D Webinar: Platform Work and Financial Inclusion
MF4D Webinar: Platform Work and Financial Inclusion
Urvashi spoke at a USAID webinar on platform work and financial inclusion, building on an earlier study conducted by Digital Futures Lab on financial services for gig workers in India. Read this CGAP note to learn more about the study.
Urvashi also spoke at the launch event for GIZ and HSRC’s handbook on implementing a capacity-building course on Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Policymakers. DFL was one of the contributors to the course, and developed modules and interactive exercises on AI and Tech Policy and AI and Human Rights. You can learn more about the event and the handbook here
what we're reading
team 👩🏽‍💻
We’ve welcomed some new team members recently! Introducing Research Associates, Dona Mathew and Aman Nair!
Dona Mathew: Justice, political theory, baking enthusiast, plant person
Aman Nair: Platform economy, equity, writing, football, hip-hop
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Have an idea for creative collaboration, a future Tech and Society Dialogues event or a research partnership? Reach out to our Comms & Public Engagement Manager, Sasha John, at sasha@digitalfutureslab.in or @SashaEmJay on Twitter.
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