Date & time: Monday, 25 January 2016, 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Silverstone room, Department of Media and Communications, 7th Floor, LSE Tower 2, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

The Media Policy Project organised a workshop which looked at what the most appropriate ways are to assess and challenge algorithmic authority in platform services. Adopting a multidisciplinary perspective, the question was explored from three angles: social research, legal remedy, and technical solutions, with a starting premise the potential weakness of any single intervention or mechanism designed to hold algorithmic systems to account.

The invitation-only workshop was the second of a series of workshops being organised by the Media Policy Project as part of a grant for knowledge exchange as part of the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) project at LSE. It was hosted jointly with LSE’s Data and Society programme.

The workshop was held under the Chatham House rule. A summary is available here.

The following blogs linked to the event were published by the Media Policy Project:

Algorithmic power and accountability in black box platforms – by Seeta Peña Gangadharan
LSE Data and Society delves into key social issues of algorithmic control – by Alison Powell
Bittersweet mysteries of machine learning (a provocation) – by Frank Pasquale
New animisms (a provocation) – by Mireille Hildebrandt
Accountable algorithms (a provocation) – by Joshua Kroll
Algorithmic accountability in scholarship: what we can learn from #DeleteAcademiaEdu – by Jean-Christophe Plantin
Algorithmic accountability, trustworthiness and the need to develop new frameworks – by Farida Vis
Accountable machines: bureaucratic cybernetics? – by Alison Powell
With algorithmic accountability, different remedies bear different costs for consumers – by Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Transparency has to be open to all and designed with a purpose in mind – by Nick Anstead
Algorithmic transparency and platform loyalty or fairness in the French Digital Republic Bill – by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay
What’s at stake in algorithmic accountability – by Nick Couldry                                                                      The challenges of researching algorithms – by Carolin Gerlitz
Algorithmic power and art in the age of digital reproduction – by Mark Coté
The bounded rationality of algorithmic accountability – by Nathaniel Tkacz