The Self-Policing Effect of Automated Data Processing

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rests on the premise that the protection of personal data guarantees the protection of privacy. This premise has been subject to substantial criticism. It has been convincingly argued that with the help of algorithm-based processing of large data sets, knowledge about individuals can be inferred without violating GDPR provisions. […]

Algo.Rules – How do we get the ethics into the code?

Algorithmic systems are being implemented in a growing number of areas and are being used to make decisions that have a profound impact on our lives. It is up to us to ensure that these systems are designed for the benefit of society. We believe that the design and use of algorithmic systems must follow certain rules, […]

What Europe Knows and Thinks about Algorithms

“Algorithm” has become one of our era’s prominent buzzwords, with hardly any political or economic debate lacking some reference. Media coverage of algorithms is also growing dramatically – today, the topic can even be found on newspapers’ front pages. However – or perhaps because of this – it is worth taking a look beneath the […]

All I want for christmas is a quality criteria catalogue for algorithms.

Data scientists roaming the room, visitors having busy conversations, christmas jingles in the background, setting the mood for the evening. Last week I presented the #algorules project at the Berlin based Data Science Agency idalab, asking questions like “What standards of quality could algorithms be held to?” and “How is it possible to make sure that these standards […]

What strategies are needed to ensure machines serve humankind?

Impact assessments, seals of quality for the origin and quality of data, creating class-action rights for federal anti-discrimination agencies, establishing an agency with algorithmic oversight – there are several ways to go about making sure that algorithmic systems are used for the well-being of everyone in society. The working paper “Machines in the Service of […]

Using algorithms to predict death: Lessons learned

Animals are extraordinary beings. Oscar the cat, for example. Adopted as a kitten by the staff at a nursing home in the United States, he grew up surrounded by people with end-stage dementia. At some point staff members noticed something unusual: Oscar did not interact much with people, but when he made himself comfortable next […]