Project AIMS (Artificial Intelligence against Modern Slavery)
AIMS builds a machine learning tool to automatize the analysis of statements produced by businesses under the UK and Australian Modern Slavery Acts to boost compliance and help combat and eradicate modern slavery.
Since 2015, the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) has required companies making over 36 million £ (approx. USD 45 million) per year to report on the steps they are taking to eradicate modern slavery from their direct operations and supply chains. From December 2020, under the Australian Modern Slavery Act, Australian companies making over AU $100 million (approx. USD 69 million) per year will also be required to produce an MSA statement. According to the BHRRC Modern Slavery Registry, there are now over 16,000 published MSA statements in the UK. To date, Walk Free, WikiRate, and BHRRC have conducted an analysis of these statements manually.
The Future Society launched in partnership with Walk Free Project AIMS (Artificial Intelligence against Modern Slavery). Project AIMS will build upon the BHRRC Modern Slavery Registry to develop an AI algorithm to ‘read’ the statements produced by companies under the Modern Slavery Act. This algorithm will use metrics designed by Walk Free in line with the UK Government guidance. The new tool will be integrated with the WikiRate platform to enable ongoing human verification of the automated data collection.
Nicolas Miailhe and Yolanda Lannquist will oversee the project led by Adriana Bora. AIMS will use the latest data science and machine learning techniques, with a particular focus on NLP (Natural Language Processing) and computational linguistics, which will allow diving deep into each report, assess it and improve the overall understanding of the quality of the reports produced under the UK and later Australian Modern Slavery Acts.
Once developed, the tool will help increase efficiency and transparency for consumers and businesses, while being aligned with the best practices in terms of ethics-by-design.
Project AIMS in the media and more:
- Walk Free Foundation Press Release.
- Publication: Digital Insights into Modern Slavery Reporting: Challenges and opportunities of machine readability
- DATA FOR FUTURE podcast episode #17: AI AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY – with Adriana Bora talking about AI governance and the conceptualization of Project AIMS