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Nice to meet you! My name is Aviva de Groot, and my research interests broadly concern humans, justice, and technology. Within this space, I am especially interested in the interplay of responsibility and possibilities we create to know and understand the technologies we work with: be they legal, bureaucratic, digital, or 'gof' power tools. My first degree was in cabinet-making.
Computational developments increasingly define this space, but professional experience in the legal aid field afforded a thorough appreciation of how in dumber times, already, the transformation of subjects’ self-defined reality to their administrative truths is an intricate, possibly tricky process. The interplay of law, policy and technology discourages a narrow focus on either element.
Concerns around e.g. domination and moral responsibility as raised by the latest generations of decision (support) tools are subject of investigation in my developing thesis "Care to Explain?" I study norm-driven explanation practices through the lens of epistemic justice to answer the question: how can modern day decision makers in and on the loop of decision and explanation processes maintain a responsible relation with decision subjects?
Earlier research addressed privacy and data protection concerns around the use of social robots in health care. I Focussed on human anthropomorphic inclinations in robot interaction, treating robot reactivity as automated decision making. I closely follow the interdisciplinary robotics discourse, including artistic expressions. My first career in filmmaking gives me all the additional excuses I need to do so.