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A three-year project to evaluate legal and policy implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for New Zealand. The project is based at the University of Otago, and funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation.  

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Joy Liddicoat

Assistant Research Fellow Artificial Intelligence

Joy Liddicoat

Joy is a barrister and solicitor whose primary research interest is human rights and technology. Prior to joining the faculty Joy was Assistant Commissioner (Policy and Operations) at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, responsible for oversight of policy and technology related research and advice and managing the Commissioner's investigations into alleged interferences with privacy.

Between 2011-2014 Joy coordinated a global campaign for the Association for Progressive Communications, working with human rights defenders in the United Nations Human Rights Council, developing Internet related human rights curricula and publishing related research.

A Human Rights Commissioner for eight years, Joy was responsible for research on women's rights, national human rights institutions and led the Commission's 2010 inquiry into the experiences of transgender people in New Zealand.

Joy is a member and Vice President of InternetNZ which is responsible for domain name policy for the country code top level domain .nz

Selected Publications and Research Papers

Liddicoat, J. (2017) Dignity online and offline. Lead chapter Human Dignity: Establishing Worth and Seeking Solutions (Palgrave MacMillan UK).

Liddicoat, J. (2016) The Dark Side of the Internet paper for the New Zealand Law Society CyberLaw Conference, Wellington.

Liddicoat, J. (2015) The Right to Be Forgotten paper for the New Zealand Law Society CyberLaw Conference, Wellington, available at

Liddicoat, J and Tech Liberty (2014) Eyes on New Zealand in Global Information Society Watch 2014, Communications Surveillance in a Digital Age (APC and Hivos)

Liddicoat, J and Doria, A. (2012) Human Rights and Internet Protocols: comparing processes and principles (Internet Society and APC 2012):  

Liddicoat, J. (2011) Human Rights Online: New Issues and Threats, Issue Paper, (APC 2011) Link

Liddicoat, J. (2011) Human Rights and the Internet. Human Rights Research Journal, Vol 6 (Victoria University of Wellington).

Liddicoat, J and ors. (2008) To Be Who I Am: Kia noho au ki toku ano ao Report of the Inquiry into Discrimination Experienced by Transgender People (Human Rights Commission, 2008).

Liddicoat, J. (2007) Pacific Pathways: national institutions for Small Pacific States (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Suva and Human Rights Commission, Wellington, 2007) Link