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Sabelo Mhlambi is the founder of Bantucracy a public interest organization that focuses on ubuntu ethics and technology, a Technology & Human Rights Fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and a Fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society. Mhlambi's work is at the intersection of human rights, ethics, culture, and technology and emphasizes global south perspectives in AI policy.

In particular, Mr Mhlambi's research examines the human rights implications of algorithmic technology on marginalized communities and proposes a new ethical framework for governing the creation and use of Artificial Intelligence in ways that maximize social progress and harmony. Mhlambi's work broadens the conversation on Ethics and AI by introducing non-western frameworks for examining the effects automated decision making technology and has been used to advise African governments on Ethical AI policy. Mr Mhlambi's work is also supplemented by more than a decade building large scale software systems, which include Natural Language Processing for African languages, open-source anti-censorship software, and content recommendation systems.

Projects & Tools

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of… More


Emerging Digital Issues from the Global South Working Group
Oct 1, 2019

Think South: Reimagining the Internet

Raising voices of our global community through poetry, indigenous art, and short pieces More


Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

From Rationality to Relationality: Ubuntu as an Ethical and Human Rights Framework for Artificial Intelligence Governance

Sabelo Mhlambi uses ubuntu as a frame to examine artificial intelligence

Jul 8, 2020
People + AI Research

Q&A: Sabelo Mhlambi on what AI can learn from Ubuntu ethics

David Weinberger interviews Sabelo Mhlambi

May 6, 2020

Ethical Implications of AI and Ubuntu as an Intervention

BKC fellow proposes guidelines to build better tools that can safeguard society

Aug 29, 2019

The Quest For Inclusive & Ethical Technology

Sabelo Mhlambi discusses why technology cannot be neutral

Jun 10, 2019

God in the image of white men: Creation myths, power asymmetries and AI

Dismantling inequality in AI with marginalized voices in leadership

Mar 30, 2019

Art: Four Moments of the Sun

The promise of life, reunion, and continuation on the African continent


Mar 6, 2019

The culture of self-similarity

A fractal philosophy for a better internet

As internet technology continues to be an important part of humanity’s lived experience, humanity as a whole must be empowered to dictate their desired experience.

Feb 6, 2019

Americanize my name

This app uses US Census Data and a linguistic algorithm to "Americanize" submitted names, and provoke thought about how names and identities are considered in society

Jan 16, 2019

Ethics and Technology

How ethics embeds in technology

Jan 7, 2019

Technology and Development in an Anti-Black World

Technology and Development in an Anti-Black world for a better world require an inquiry into the nature of power.

Dec 8, 2018


May 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM


Featuring members of the BKC Community

PODCAST & VIDEO: Berkman Klein community members will share their research, passions, and musings in 5 minute Ignite talks. These topics may range from misinformation online to… More