Mark Gaffley is an admitted attorney with over ten years of broad start-up, in-house legal and research experience gained through leading local and international companies and think tanks including Uber, Takealot, Media24, Human Sciences Research Council. He joins Research ICT Africa (RIA), as a Research Fellow. Prior to joining RIA, Mark worked as an independent consultant undertaking law focused AI research and advisory projects.
Mark holds degrees in arts (majoring in history and sociology) and law, both from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Currently, he is reading for his PhD in jurisprudence at UCT where his research focuses on certain ethical implications of artificial intelligence. He is a co-author of Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa (HSRC Press, 2021), the first major investigation of the real and potential human rights implications of the 4IR in South Africa.