Automated systems and decision making have transformed the ways in which our data is processed and analysed and, accordingly, how companies are able to use it. There are fears that data can be used to discriminate against vulnerable users in ways which are ‘unaccountable’. In this post, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Acting Director of the LSE Media Policy Project, outlines some tools available to allow […]
Alison Powell, Assistant Professor at LSE, argues that the accountability of algorithms is intrinsically linked to governance structures and citizenship in society. Algorithms should be used to support decision-making for the benefit of society rather than to target individual consumers.
Algorithms are everywhere, or so we are told, and the black boxes of algorithmic decision-making make oversight of processes that regulators […]
Jean-Christophe Plantin, Assistant Professor in Media & Communications at the LSE, explores the intersection of algorithms, academic research and platforms for scholarly publications. He argues that there is a need to develop a values-centred approach in the development of article-sharing platforms, with suitably designed algorithms.
The networking and article-sharing platform academia.edu has been at the centre of a controversy in the academic […]
Joshua Kroll, Systems Engineer at CloudFlare, Inc., presents the case for using techniques from computer science as the most appropriate means of reviewing the fairness of computerised decision making.
Consequential decisions which have historically been made through human-operated processes are increasingly being automated, leading to questions about how to deal with incorrect, unfair, or unjustified outcomes that emerge from […]
How should we deal with the sorts of automated predictive systems that increasingly impact our lives? Mireille Hildebrandt of Vrije Universiteit in Brussels argues that we must learn to interact with the new mindless agents that now saturate what she terms “our onlife world”.
Law-as-we-know-it is premised on the fundamental distinction between mind as active, and matter as passive. This distinction no longer […]
Frank Pasquale, professor of law at the University of Maryland, reflects on the roles of machines and machine learning in today’s society, and to what extent ‘opaque’ algorithmic systems should be subject to human oversight.
In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the mission-controlling computer HAL acts mysteriously, and ultimately malevolently. The theme of “technics out of control” animated several other […]
Alison Powell, Assistant Professor at LSE, investigates how data and algorithms effect our daily lives, from negotiating public transport and booking restaurants, to the more serious issues of surveillance and privacy. She argues that there is a greater need for algorithmic accountability in order for us to understand its impact, both positive and negative, on not only our day-to-day lives, […]
Ahead of a special workshop on ‘Algorithmic Power and Accountability in Black Box Platforms’, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Acting Director of the LSE Media Policy Project, outlines some of the challenges society faces when considering how to deal with systems which are increasingly driven by data, and calls for more conversations surrounding regulatory issues.
With the influx of data-driven systems in everyday life, […]