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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, a Schwartz Reisman Institute for Computer and Society graduate fellow, and a member of the DGP lab at the University of Toronto. I am also doing a Doctoral Specialization in South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. My Ph.D. dissertation committee includes Dr. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (supervisor), Dr. Robert Soden, Dr. Steve Easterbrook, Dr. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, and Dr. Kentaro Toyama.

I am broadly interested in the ethics of computing in general and AI in particular, with a focus on marginalization, equity, and social justice. In my recent research, I position faith, religion, and spirituality as forces shaping the ethics and politics intrinsic in and experienced through computing technologies. My goal is to design and develop safer and inclusive technologies and policies from this perspective. I have collaborated with marginalized communities in both the Global South and North, exploring a range of ethical and social justice issues like environmental ethics, privacy, online safety, social development, and grassroots politics. My work has been published and received awards in leading venues for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), including CHI, CSCW, ICTD, and COMPASS.

I was born and raised in Bangladesh, a beautiful South Asian country. I speak Bengali and English. When we meet, please call me Rifat -- I go by my last name. When I am not reading, writing, researching, or teaching, I am running, visiting new places, singing or humming songs, or cooking.

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Using AR and VR for mitigating faith-related harms. [More]

Ongoing Research

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Digitization of traditional faith-based parcatices: Designing for pluralistic societies. [More]


Sensor-based mobile applications for developing empathy. [More]

Recent News​​​​​​

  • April 24, 2024: Attending CSST Summer Research Institute from June 17 to 21, 2024. 

  • March 30, 2024: One paper on the politics of data annotation and colonial knowledge practices in the Global South has been accepted at FAccT 2024!

  • March 22, 2024: One paper on religious minority communitys' experience of using social media platforms has been accepted at CSCW 2024!

  • March 15, 2024: Our work in progress paper, "Religion, Faith and Spirituality, Secularism, and Disciplinary Paradigms," has been accepted at Northeast HCI Meeting.

  • January 18, 2024: Two papers have been accepted at CHI 2024!

  • October 11, 2023: Paper on communal violence dataset has been accepted to the EMNLP 2023 workshop on Bangla Language Processing.

  • October 4, 2023: Paper on Islamophobic content mitigation online has been accepted to TSC.

  • [Upcoming talk - Queen's University] January 17, 2024: Inclusion in design; Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Computing Lecture Series.

  • [Upcoming workshop organization] October 14, 2023: Pluralism at CSCW. Submit!

  • September 20, 2023: Serving as an associate chair at CHI 2024.

 All News

What I am up to​​​

  • Reading Now:  Brown Boy: A Memoir (Aziz, O.); Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (Parekh, B.); Personal knowledge: Towards a post-critical philosophy (Polanyi, M.); Ethics in the conflicts of modernity: An essay on desire, practical reasoning, and narrative (MacIntyre, A.);  Memory, History, and Forgetting (Ricoeur, P). Find what books I am reading here (2020 onwards)

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