Algorithmic Decision Making

3 questions for … Marina Jirotka and Helena Webb

Marina Jirotka (Professor of Human Centred Computing) and Helena Webb (Senior Researcher) work at the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, in the Human Centred Computing theme. From 2016 to 2018 they participated in the research project “UnBias: Emancipating Users Against Algorithmic Biases for a Trusted Digital Economy”, a collaboration with the Universities of […]

Automated Decisions: Europe must speak with one voice

Automated decisions have become a part of many Europeans’ daily lives. Whether for job searches in Finland, healthcare functions in Italy, or the identification of neglected children in Denmark, such systems are coming into use in many EU countries – often for core public-administration functions. Will the EU be able to develop a common response […]

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. […]

Nine Opportunities and Risks of Algorithmic Decision-Making

1. Normative principles Opportunity: When an ADM process is designed, normative decisions (e.g. about fairness criteria) must be made before the process is used. This offers an opportunity to discuss ethics issues thoroughly and publically at the very start and to document decisions. Risk: ADM processes can contain hidden normative decisions. If discussion is only possible once […]

How to determine the potential impact of algorithmic decision-making systems

Algorithms are increasingly making decisions with us, for us and about us – thereby giving rise to new questions about participation. This expert opinion makes a number of initial suggestions for structuring and classifying the participation-related issues stemming from algorithmic decision-making (ADM). In today’s digitized knowledge society, shaping technology is becoming a fundamental form of […]