Koen Vervloesem is a Belgian freelance journalist. He holds Master’s degrees in Engineering (Computer Science) and in Philosophy. He has been writing about artificial intelligence, programming, privacy, computer security, Linux and open source and Internet of Things for more than 20 years.
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 […]
In the Flemish part of Belgium, camping became an icon of injustice. Parents slept in front of top schools in order to be the first in line to enroll their kids. This unnerving and unfair practice was stopped when the government introduced an algorithmic system to allocate school places. At the third stop of our AlgoRail through […]
The Dutch government has used a secret algorithm for the last years in order to fight social benefits fraud. In February 2020, a court ruled the immediate halt due to its privacy and transparency violations. Civil society organizations demand that citizens are better informed about what their data is used for in the public sector. […]