Araba Sey

Araba Sey is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington Information School, and a Research Fellow at the Ocean Nexus Center. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Research ICT Africa in Cape Town. Her research examines the intersection of digital and social inequalities and explores ways to foster diversity and inclusion in the socio-economic, political, and scientific processes that feed digital development. Areas of interest include gender digital equality in global, regional, and national contexts; trends in the deployment of artificial intelligence for development in Africa; misinformation and disinformation in Africa; and approaches to democratizing knowledge creation through inclusive research design and decision-making processes. She has authored or co-authored books, journal articles and policy papers on the impacts of digital technologies on socio-economic development and gender equality. Recent publications include Taking stock: Gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership; Case studies on AI skills capacity-building and AI in workforce development in Africa and a contribution to the 2020 Government AI Readiness Index report. She is currently developing a training resource on inclusive marine decision-making for community organizations.