About < A+ > Alliance

The <A+> Alliance for inclusive algorithms is organized by Women@theTable and Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC). It’s a global, multidisciplinary, feminist coalition of academics, activists, technologists, prototyping the future of artificial intelligence and automated decision making to accelerate gender equality with technology and innovation. The <A+> Alliance was created for and by women and girls to leave no one behind.

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Organized by

Women@theTable a growing, global Civil Society Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the first organization to advance feminist systems change by using the prism of technology, innovation & AI to identify then leverage structural points for change in technology, sustainability, the economy, and democratic governance. Women at the Table’s take on the Smart Feminist City 3.0, and its subsequent Declaration on Affirmative Action for Algorithms at Women in Data Science, Zürich in 2019 led to the formation of the A+ Alliance, our international coalition that seeks to not only detect but to correct gender, racial and intersectional bias in Artificial Intelligence. Women at the Table co-founded the International Gender Champions in 2015, a leadership network of decision-makers who break down gender barriers for system change. The <A+> Alliance was co-founded by Women at the Table and Ciudadanía Inteligente. The work of Ciudadanía Inteligente was fundamental to create this Alliance.

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) is a public university established in 1971. Laboratorio Experimental (LabExp) is a research and extension group, located in the Centro Académico de Alajuela of Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. LabExp promotes the exchange and construction of knowledge between Public University and its social, economic and cultural surroundings. LabExp work is based on two objectives: the first is to develop and implement computing technology to contribute to the solution of problems of the local reality; the second is to promote participation of students from Computing Engineering in the processes developed with the aim of contributing to their comprehensive formation. The proposed solutions to the problems must be transversalized by three elements that are considered essential from the LabExp perspective: free software, open data, and active participation of the community.

Regional Partners

Tecnológico de Monterrey was founded in 1943. Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private, non-profit, independent institution with no political or religious affiliations. The work of Tecnológico de Monterrey and all its campuses is supported by civil associations made up of a numerous group of outstanding leaders from all over the country who are committed to quality in higher education. According to the QS University Ranking, Tecnológico de Monterrey is the most important private university in Mexico. It is among the top 5 in Latin America and 155th worldwide. The Artificial Intelligence Hub and the Data Science Hub are leading the research and innovation initiatives at the institution. Our researchers have developed technologies that range from solutions for the health sector to digital humanities projects using NLP.

The Jordan Open Source Association (or JOSA) is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Amman, Jordan. JOSA was established in 2011 with a mission to promote open technologies through building a skilled and collaborative tech community. JOSA also works to defend and advocate the safety and rights of technology users in Jordan and on a regional level. JOSA has approached data science and AI topics from various endpoints. Since its founding, JOSA has had a community of avid data scientists and AI practitioners as part of its tech community. Pre-COVID JOSA would hold regular data science meetups for members of the Jordanian tech community, tech talks that touch upon novel AI topics, and partake in MENA-wide software engineering conferences as community partners.

Chulalongkorn University is the oldest university in Thailand, formally established in 1917. It is currently ranked 215 in the latest world according to the QS university ranking. Chulalongkorn University as a whole has had extensive experiences in AI research. The Department of Computer Engineering is among the region’s top research institutions in the region, featuring a number of top AI researchers and students. Furthermore, the university has also established a research project on digital humanities, based in the Faculty of Arts. Furthermore, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a number of faculty doing active research on machine learning and AI. The Center for Science, Technology, and Ethics is a newly established center of excellence at Chulalongkorn University. The objectives of the Center are to act as a focal point both within the university and among researchers from outside on the issues related to science and technology studies. Issues related to Thailand, developing economies, local cultures and gender issues receive particular attention from the Center. Furthermore, the Center aims at becoming a center of excellence in STS studies in the South-east Asian region and beyond.

Supported by

The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions as part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts.