Algorithmic Accountability

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    When machines become sentient, we will have to consider them an intelligent life form

When machines become sentient, we will have to consider them an intelligent life form

As we approach the brave new world of human-level machine intelligence, we may need to reassess what it means to be human, writes Andrew Murray, Professor of Law at LSE. 

For most of us, our understanding of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) is drawn more from science fiction than from fact. Intelligent robots are often portrayed as either a virulent […]

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    Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Jędrzej Niklas, Research Officer for the Justice, Equity and Technology (JET) Project, and
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, have recently published a new report on automated discrimination in data-driven systems. In this blog for the Media Policy Project, they highlight some of their main findings, explaining how algorithms discriminate and why this […]

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    Using artificial intelligence in news intelligently: towards responsible algorithmic journalism

Using artificial intelligence in news intelligently: towards responsible algorithmic journalism

News organisations all across Europe are facing the same challenge: how to make use of artificial intelligence in a way that saves costs and increases users’ experience, without compromising on quality or the provision of diverse and relevant news. In order to share knowledge about the optimal use of data and algorithmic news recommendations, B. Bodó (University of Amsterdam), N. Helberger (University of […]

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    Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Julia Rone, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, here reflects on some of the implications of Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm as they relate to Bulgaria.

In January 2018 Facebook announced changes in its News Feed algorithm designed to curb the spread of “fake news” by prioritizing personal content at […]

LSE Experts on T3: Jean-Christophe Plantin

In the first of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin talks to LSE MSc student Ruchi Hajela on Big Data, misinformation and transparency.

 

RM: Do you think the government and regulators have a grip on what to do with Big Data? And do you think GDPR […]

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    A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

It is a busy time for anyone interested in media policy developments here in the UK. In this post, Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and a visiting associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, gives his take on the Digital Charter that was announced recently by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), arguing that we need a new […]

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. This will blow open the fundamental tensions between freedom of speech and the accountability of Facebook and Google. It means regulation, and the rethinking of a system that evolved to accommodate print […]

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 […]