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Ada Lovelace Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) is an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

Ada promotes informed public understanding of the impact of AI and data-driven technologies on different groups in society. It guides ethical practice in the development and deployment of these technologies and undertakes research and long-term thinking to lay the foundations for a data-driven society with well-being at its core.

Our aims


  1. Build evidence and foster rigorous research and debate on how data and AI affect people and society.

  2. Convene diverse voices to create a shared understanding of the ethical issues arising from data and AI.

  3. Define and inform good practice in the design and deployment of data and AI.

Ada was established by the Nuffield Foundation with a £5 million commitment, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network for Citizens and Governance, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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