Testing business impact on society with machine learning

Digitaler Vortrag, Fellow Lecture

Firms worldwide have a profound impact on local communities and their human rights. A key challenge in holding businesses accountable has been the lack of reliable, global information about when, where and why firms affect human rights. This project is working to change this. It will compile information based on media, NGO and company textual sources into the first global data set of corporate human rights allegations. Using web-scraping, network graphs, cluster analysis and automated text analysis, the project will map which industries are connected to which human rights violations across the globe.

Nicole Janz is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her fields of expertise are comparative human rights, international political economy, reproducible science, and quantitative methods. Nicole Janz plays a leading role in promoting international scientific reproducibility. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the UK Reproducibility Network, the Executive Committee of Project TIER, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Qualitative Data Repository. As a former journalist, she also writes non-academic article and creative fiction. In the Summer term 2021 Nicole Janz is a Junior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald.

Moderation: Professorin Dr. Margit Bussmann


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The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg is offering this event live as a zoom meeting, in which viewers can also take part in the subsequent discussion with video contributions.

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