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JeongHyun Lee

ICTD Fellow

PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University
MA in Communication, University of Utah
MA in Visual Communication, Yonsei University
BA in Journalism and Advertising, Catholic University of Daegu
UNU Macau
South Korea

Dr JeongHyun Lee is a Young ICTD Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau.

Before joining the Institute, Dr JeongHyun Lee received her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University (USA), where she was involved in interdisciplinary research and undergraduate teaching. She holds two Master’s degrees in Communication from the University of Utah in the U.S. and Yonsei University in South Korea. Having been trained in three graduate programs, she has developed interdisciplinary and international insights to conduct critical research on digital cultures and communities with diverse voices.

JeongHyun explores the ways in which digital and algorithmic media inscribe, store, and process our everyday life as data. Her research seeks to critically examine political/ethical issues around digital storage and algorithmic processing of emerging media operations. She currently investigates a set of connected histories around face-recognition AI and its algorithmic rules across Asian countries, focusing on how its algorithmic operations are reinforcing or transforming the inequality of gender, class, and race in the context of globalization.

Her goal as a Young ICTD Fellow is to contribute to the establishment of appropriate global policies and educational programs where our faces and digital mobility become the heart of data collection.

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Media
  • Media History
  • Sustainable AI ecosystem


Blog Post

Safety in AI Systems

The concept of safety cements the need to ensure trustworthiness, preservation of human rights and the potential to promote sustainability and peace.

21 Jul 2021

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Towards a Human Rights-Based Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Core values like universality, equality and non-discrimination should exist online, as they do offline, and in the design and implementation of AI.

31 Mar 2021

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How do we Ensure that Artificial Intelligence is Trustworthy and Inclusive?

To build trust in AI, co-designing and active engagement of users from the early stages of planning to implementation are needed.

19 Feb 2021


The Inaugural AI Expert Consultation Meeting Recap: 'What’s Next for AI in Africa?'

Three domains should be prioritised in the region, according to the participants: agriculture, healthcare and education.

15 Oct 2020

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We Go Digital: The South Korean Case and Sustainable Digital Transformations

During the pandemic, virus-related information and precautionary instructions were shared across digital technologies, especially mobile applications.

15 May 2020

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