Delta 8.7 Outputs & Events

Check out the latest Delta 8.7 outputs and events organized by Delta 8.7.

[Publications] Code 8.7 Conference Report

March 2019

The Code 8.7 Conference Report provides a summary of the Code 8.7 two-day conference that took place in February 2019. The conference, organized by Delta 8.7, The Alan Turing Institute, the Computing Community Consortium, Tech Against Trafficking, the Rights Lab and the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, brought together the artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational science and anti-slavery communities. Over two days, more than 30 speakers and 120 participants discussed how these technologies could be used to help in the fight to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour in line with Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The report highlights some of the key conversations that took place over the two days of the conference, including how best to combine Big Data and Small Data, the possibilities of information and communications technology (ICT) for survivor self-identification and the roles of satellite remote sensing, crowd-computing and open digital maps to better visualize slavery locations, and the next steps for continued collaboration between the anti-slavery and tech communities.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found here.

To download a PDF of the symposium from UNU Collections, click here.


[Publications] Symposium: Local Approaches to Modern Slavery

March 2019

The Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham has been exploring what makes local anti-slavery approaches effective through the Slavery-Free Communities Programme. Dr Alison Gardner, head of the Rights Lab’s Governance Programme, has been leading much of this work, which includes mapping anti-slavery partnerships in the United Kingdom together with the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and developing an Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit to help existing partnerships as well as people planning multi-agency anti-slavery activities.

Delta 8.7 asked Gardner to discuss her and the Slavery-Free Communities Programme’s work, highlighting promising practices in the context of Nottingham and the UK. We also invited Nathaniel Erb of Erb & Associates, Megan Tackney of Humanity United, and Amanda Finger and Annie Miller of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking to respond to Gardner’s work and discuss their own experiences fighting modern slavery and human trafficking on the local level in the United States. Gardner was given the opportunity to respond to the other interventions.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found here.

To download a PDF of the symposium from UNU Collections, click here.


[Visualization] Modern Slavery Data Stories

March 2019

To highlight global action and efforts to achieve Target 8.7, Delta 8.7 partnered with EarthTime—part of the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University—to create a series of data stories that demonstrate the prevalence of these human rights abuses as well as how governments efforts to address them have changed over time. Using datasets from the ILO, IOM, Walk Free Foundation, SmartLab, UK Government, Delta 8.7 and the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, combined with NASA satellite imagery, this project tells a unique, interactive story about the prevalence of these human rights abuses and the efforts to eradicate these crimes.


[Event] Code 8.7: Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

19-20 February 2019, New York

Delta 8.7, The Alan Turing Institute, the Computing Community Consortium, Tech Against Trafficking, the Rights Lab and the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University are delighted to announce Code 8.7, a conference to be held in New York on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Code 8.7 will bring the computational research and artificial intelligence (AI) communities together with those working to achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals.


[Publication] Symposium: Modelling the Risk of Modern Slavery

December 2018

Using data from the Gallup World Poll’s module on modern slavery, which was conducted in 48 countries, individual and country-level risk factors, and data from the Global Slavery Index Vulnerability Model, Pablo Diego-Rosell, a senior researcher at Gallup, and Jacqueline Joudo Larsen, the head of research for the Walk Free Foundation, developed a model to generate predicted probabilities of modern slavery on the individual and national levels.

Delta 8.7 asked Diego-Rosell and Joudo Larsen to discuss their innovative methodology for modelling the risk of modern slavery in our first symposium. We also invited four other data science experts—Laura Gauer Bermudez and Shannon Stewart from the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, Bernard W Silverman from the University of Nottingham and Kelly A Gleason from Delta 8.7—to discuss the benefits and limitations of their approach. Diego-Rosell and Joudo Larsen were then given the opportunity to respond to all of the interventions.

Delta 8.7 symposia offer experts the opportunity to discuss technical details of their research and receive commentary from the wider research and anti-slavery community. Researchers are then able to give a response to the previous commentaries received. We hope these symposia will spark further conversations and build the dialogue around research and data in the fight to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found here.

To download a PDF of the symposium from UNU Collections, click here.


[Research] Official Development Assistance and SDG Target 8.7: Measuring Aid to Address Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour

13 September 2018

Authors: Dr Kelly A Gleason and Dr James Cockayne

In 2015, 193 countries agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals commits states to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. As we work to understand the progress being made towards achieving Target 8.7, we need to understand how much Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries are spending (committing) on these issues, where they are committing these resources, and on what forms of Target 8.7 exploitation.

To begin to answer these questions, Delta 8.7 mined and analysed ODA data and found that between 2000 and 2013, ODA spending on Target 8.7 exploitation increased dramatically. But more research is needed to understand the impact of this spending.

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