Algorithmic Accountability

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]

The regulatory future of algorithms

Although they are often used to automate or streamline processes, algorithms are far from being the objective tool that many make them out to be. In this post, Jędrzej Niklas from the LSE looks at the negative effects of algorithms and how policy attempts (or will attempt) to mitigate those effects.

Automated decisions systems are becoming more and more common. […]

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    Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

News emerged in June 2017 that Facebook was seeking three patents focussed on harnessing users’ emotions, using both cameras on devices and users’ messaging patterns. Facebook has been clear that seeking patents doesn’t mean it is planning to introduce this technology imminently, but it is an indication of what might be possible. Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital […]

The hidden human labour behind search engine algorithms

Everybody knows that search engines use algorithms, but few know how these work and who builds them. Paško Bilić, Research Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb, Croatia, writes here about the layers of human labour behind Google’s algorithms and their implications for search neutrality. His post is based on a paper published in Big […]

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    Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Data and the algorithms that organise it are core to many services in the digitalised world. Jonny Shipp, Director of Public Affairs at Telefónica SA and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and Dr Ioanna Noula, researcher at the UCL Institute of Education and a Visiting Fellow at LSE, write here about the ethics of data science and how to […]

Your next social network could pay you for posting

Social networking is one of the most popular online activities, used by 73% of online adults in the UK, according to Ofcom, and there have been concerns raised about the kind of power that this puts in the hands of tech companies like Facebook. Jelena Dzakula, a researcher here at the Media Policy Project and a lecturer at the […]

Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor

Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in […]

Big data analytics: Q&A with Professor Oscar H. Gandy, Jr

Professor Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., is Emeritus Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Following a public lecture at LSE titled ‘Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma’, Catherine Speller interviews Professor Gandy about some of the issues around big data analytics that he raised in his lecture.

In your talk at LSE, your […]

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    Algorithmic Fairness: From social good to a mathematical framework

Algorithmic Fairness: From social good to a mathematical framework

Following a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Associate Professor at the School of Computing, University of Utah, here outlines the case for interrogating the inner workings of algorithms. A summary of the workshop will be available on this website shortly.

The algorithm is out of the box. Decision-by-algorithm is no […]

What’s at Stake in Algorithmic Accountability

Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at LSE, explores the challenges for social theory and civic debate in addressing the outcomes of automated systems and decision making.

We live in a time when the contexts of knowledge production are changing fundamentally: the multiple interlinked processes that generate claims to knowledge (from data collection and aggregation to data […]