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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Giles Barton-Owen

Technology; Software; Design; Machine learning; Language processing; Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Giles Barton-OwenGiles 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 the Global Challenges Forum 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.

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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