Dr. Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer is a project manager in the project “Ethics of Algorithms” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in which she is primarily responsible for scientific studies. She contributed to the Automating Society Report 2020 and to a discourse analysis on algorithms and AI.  Moreover, she is a co-author of “Where Machines can err. Sources of error and responsibilities in processes of algorithmic decision making” and “What Germany knows and believes about algorithms”. Sarah has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the graduate program “Trust and Communication in a Digitalized World” at the University of Muenster on the topic of trust in search engines. In the same research training group, she earned her doctorate with a thesis on trust in health services on the Internet. She studied communication science at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

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Automating Society Report: Increased deployment of automated decision-making: Transparency, oversight and competence are still lacking

Over 100 use cases of automated decision-making systems in 16 European countries have been compiled by a research network for the 2020 edition of the Automating Society report by Bertelsmann Stiftung and AlgorithmWatch. The report shows: Even though algorithmic systems are increasingly being used by public administration and private companies, there is still a lack […]

Algorithmic systems in the coronavirus pandemic – The European approach between surveillance and the protection of basic rights

Can technologies such as contact-tracing apps and facial recognition software serve as silver-bullet solutions to the coronavirus pandemic? Hoping this to be the case, a number of countries are rushing to implement algorithmic decision-making systems (ADM). Balancing the technology’s potential in crisis management with a respect for basic rights, Europe aims to serve as an […]