Our research complies with the 2021 World Health Organization’s Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health. This is the global expert standard for ethical compliance on the use of AI in health. We follow the recommendations of the WHO regarding the six core guiding principles of ethics and governance of AI for health-related research, namely;
i) Protecting human autonomy
ii) Promoting human well-being and safety and the public interest
iii) Ensuring transparency, explainability, and intelligibility
iv) Fostering responsibility and accountability
v) Ensuring inclusiveness and equity and
vi) Promoting AI that is responsive and sustainable.
Moreover, this research is conducted with a consolidated and intersectional ethical framework that prioritizes the safeguarding of human dignity and security and the protection of data by both domestic and international standards. This research also complies with the legal and ethical rules of accountability, social and environmental responsibility, and quality assurance. Besides adopting an inclusive and equitable approach to this research engagement, we also align our pedagogical and administrative function in this work to a feminist and gender-inclusive approach, articulated within a consolidated ethical framework, to protect vulnerable groups and populations and ensure representation, inclusivity, and privacy by using cutting-edge and state-of-art privacy-preserving algorithms and technologies, while enabling data reusability and minimalization.
Our adherence to high levels of ethical compliance is of paramount importance given that we work with large datasets and have to extensively cross-link/cross-reference them. Data privacy, security, and confidentiality will be ensured, by applying a combined, multi-step approach to implement adequate and robust protection which will include data anonymization/deidentification measures. We comply with ethical, legal, and sector-based rules for the use of AI in our work. We perform ethics reviews and human rights impact assessments to justify our commitment to this process.