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International Development Research @ Cambridge



Giles Barton-Owen is an independent consultant and computer scientist, working with multiple University projects and commercial ventures. He is an advisor for both Africa’s Voices Foundation and the Whistle project.

Giles believes that technology use in aid and sustainability is constantly under flux, and requires some new approaches and a careful touch in order to make good use of limited resources and time.

An example of on going work with the potential to positively impact the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people is language analysis and the fit of technology -  especially machine learning and tooling - in aid and humanitarian contexts for Africa's Voices Foundation.

Giles’ motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in Cambridge Global Challenges were cemented at RightsCon 2016, where he witnessed the issues faced by multiple rights and technology projects with either technology or with its effective deployment.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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