Ayça Atabey



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Ayça Atabey is a lawyer and a researcher, currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Edinburgh University. She has an LLB (Law) degree from Durham University and an LLM (IT Law) degree from Istanbul Bilgi University. Her PhD research focuses on the role that the notion of ‘fairness’ plays in designing AI-driven and privacy-respecting technologies for vulnerable data subjects. Her work particularly involves the intersection between data protection, AI, and human rights issues. She is a research assistant for the Digital Futures Commission at 5Rights Foundation, she worked as a lawyer in an international law firm and has been working as a researcher at the BILGI IT Law Institute. Ayça also works as a consultant on Data Protection, human rights, and migration focusing on the gender aspect of AI-driven technologies in the Europe & Central Asia region at UN Women.

Research interests

Ayça's research involves the design of AI-driven assistive technologies for children and the elderly with an interdisciplinary approach to HCI and data protection law. She particularly focuses on fairness in data protection law from a vulnerability-aware and gender perspective, bringing together Value Sensitive Design (VSD) in Human-Computer Interaction and Data Protection and Non-Discrimination Law perspectives in AI.