Angie Abdilla

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Angie Abdilla

Old Ways, New Founder and Director

Professor Angie Abdilla is a palawa woman. She is the founder and Director of Old Ways, New. Over the past 10 years, her interdisciplinary practice has expanded to combine research, strategy, design, and product management of software engineering. Angie’s purpose has been to reignite the old ways of thinking, doing and being with technology. Her deep commitment and trust in the ‘old ways’ otherwise known as, Indigenous Traditional Knowledges also centers her principles, always questioning “who really benefits” within the design and development of frontier technologies.
As a Professor at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, she utilises a range of research agendas and approaches in the development of AI. From strategic design methodologies, cultural and creative practice and alternate software engineering for culturally rich, and safe automation, Angie is dedicated to the creation of technologies that embody the principles of connecting with, and care for Country, and kin.
In 2018, she co-founded the Indigenous Protocols and Artificial Intelligence working group (IP//AI). She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Association of AI Ethicists (AAIE), CSIRO’s Data61 Advisory Group, the National AI Centre Think Tank, and has been a member of the Global Futures Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity as part of the World Economic Forum in 2022.

Related Sessions

Discussing Digital Sovereignty

TUE, OCT 17, 3:30 PM
A discussion on the intersections of Indigenous cultural heritage, technology, and sovereignty, addressing the critical issues in safeguarding First Nations' cultural and intellectual property. Panel host, Patricia Adjei (Trish), an ICIP (Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property) specialist, will lead a discussion joined by Angie Abdilla a Professor at the School of Cybernetics and Founder of 'Old Ways, New', Cienan Muir Founder of INDIGINERD, and renowned artist and cultural practitioner Toby Cedar. This session is presented by Creative Australia and celebrates the powerful public value of Australian artists and creative practitioners.

Meditation on Country. Indigenous protocols for AI

MON, OCT 16, 2:00 PM
Angie Abdilla and Andrew Meares will be discussing the project Meditation on Country and the ways that it is utilising Angie's research on Indigenous Protocols for AI, guided by the methodological process, Country Centered Design. The yarn will share the unfolding creative development process for a new artwork. Central to the work is a Creation Story and its related cultural protocols used to inform the programming logic within Machine Learning.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of this land we now call Sydney, where this event will take place. We pay our respects to their continuing connection with cultural, spiritual and educational practices, and extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Always was, always will be.
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