Ned Cooper

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Hi! I'm a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and a Student Researcher at Google Research Australia. I'm interested in how people and communities who are marginalised by systems — legal systems, systems of government, and socio-technical systems — can regulate the operation of those systems. My PhD research explores 'participation' in the development and deployment of AI-enabled systems. I have a wonderful, interdisciplinary panel of advisors: Professor Alex Zafiroglu (Anthropology), Dr Elizabeth Williams (Physics) and Dr Ben Swift (Computer Science). Previously I worked in strategy consulting in Australia and the UK, and as a human rights lawyer in Australia and Guatemala.

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Ned Cooper. 2023. Bridging Deliberative Democracy and Deployment of Societal-Scale Technology. Designing Technology and Policy Simultaneously: Towards A Research Agenda and New Practice - Workshop at CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23), 23 April, Hamburg, Germany.

Snehal Prabhudesai*, Ned Cooper*. 2022. The Potential Harms of Algorithmic Hand-offs. Workshop on Human-Machine Collaboration in a Changing World 2022, 1 - 2 December, Paris, France. Abstract Presentation

Julian Vido*, Ned Cooper*. 2022. The Artist Formerly Known As Your Computer: Ensuring Safe and Responsible Human-Machine Collaboration with Automated Media Generation Tools. Workshop on Human-Machine Collaboration in a Changing World 2022, 1 - 2 December, Paris, France. Presentation

Glen Berman*, Ned Cooper*. 2022. Machine Masquerade: An Interactive Exploration of the Limits of Machine Recognition. Creativity Track: Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction , November 29 - December 2, 2022, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Abstract

Ned Cooper. 2022. Challenges to the Participation of Local Communities in Algorithmic-Decision Making by Local Governments. 'Who Has an Interest in “Public Interest Technology”?: Critical Questions for Working with Local Governments & Impacted Communities' - Workshop at 2022 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '22), 13 November, Virtual.

Ned Cooper. 2022. Would the Trees Dim the Lights? Adopting the Intentional Stance for More-Than-Human Participatory Design. In Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 2 (PDC 2022 Vol. 2) , August 19-September 1, 2022, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 5 Pages.

Ned Cooper, Tiffanie Horne, Gillian R. Hayes, Courtney Heldreth, Michal Lahav, Jess Holbrook, and Lauren Wilcox. 2022. A Systematic Review and Thematic Analysis of Community-Collaborative Approaches to Computing Research. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22), April 29-May 5, 2022, New Orleans, LA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 18 pages.

Ned Cooper, Ellen Broad. 2022. Enabling Participation in the Review of Algorithms: Lessons from Law Reform. Social Responsibility of Algorithms Workshop (SRA '22) Abstract and presentation

Amir Asadi*, Ned Cooper*, Memunat Ibrahim*, Lorenn Ruster*. 2022. The Multi-Level Perspective of Mobility Management During a Pandemic: Analysing the Case of the Home Quarantine South Australia App. Social Responsibility of Algorithms Workshop (SRA '22) Abstract, Podcast

Ned Cooper*, Nischal Mainali*, Lorenn Ruster*, Teffera Teffera*. 2021. Creating Intelligent Taps: Introducing a Computer Vision Prototype ‘Tappy’ for Efficient and Responsible Household Water Use, Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium 2021, Engineers Australia. Poster presentation

Genevieve Bell, Alex Zafiroglu, Zena Assaad, Charlotte Bradley, Ned Cooper, Ellen O’Brien, Kathy Reid, Lorenn Ruster. 2021. Custodians and Midwives -- The Library of the Future: Research and Analysis on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies, Report prepared for The National Library of Australia

*Equal contribution