AlgorithmWatch is a human rights organization based in Berlin and Zurich. We fight for a world where algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) do not weaken justice, democracy, and sustainability but strengthen them.

Image generators are trying to hide their biases – and they make them worse

In the run-up to the EU elections, AlgorithmWatch has investigated which election-related images can be generated by popular AI systems. Two of the largest providers don’t adhere to security measures they have announced themselves recently.

Campaign: ADM and People on the Move

Borders without AI

29,000 people have died in the Mediterranean over the past ten years while trying to reach the EU. You would think that the EU wanted this tragedy to stop and scientists across Europe were working feverishly on making this happen with the latest technology. The opposite is the case: With the help of so-called Artificial Intelligence, the walls are being raised, financed with taxpayers' money.

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Meta’s elections dashboard: A very disappointing sign

On 3 June, Meta released an EU election monitoring dashboard, responding to investigations by the EU Commission under the Digital Services Act. It is riddled with basic errors, raising severe concerns about Meta’s engagement with risks of electoral interference.

10 Questions about AI and elections

2024 is an important election year. While citizens all over the world get ready to cast their ballot, many people worry about AI: Are chatbots and fake images a threat to democracy? Can we still trust what we see online? We explain why the hype around AI and elections is somewhat overblown and which real risks we need to watch out for instead.

Recommendations for the EU Elections 2024

Tech governance has become a key focus for the European Union. New laws have been introduced to reshape how technology and the internet are regulated. Success in EU tech governance hinges on effectively implementing and evolving these new laws to bridge gaps and adapt to technological advances.

“All rise for the honorable AI”: algorithmic management in Polish electronic courts

Polish courts are using algorithms to support their decision-making process, e.g., for evaluating cases or issuing resolutions. Concerns arise over the lack of a critical result assessment and lack of transparency on how the algorithmic systems work. While some see AI as a transformative power, questions remain about its impact on judges’ independence and fairness.

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The algorithmic administration: automated decision-making in the public sector

Automating administration processes promises efficiency. Yet the procedures often put vulnerable people at a disadvantage, as shown by a number of examples throughout Europe. We’ll explain why using automation systems in the domain of public administration can be especially problematic and how risks may be detected at an early stage.

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Publications

Read our comprehensive reports, analyses and working papers on the impact and ethical questions of algorithmic decision-making, written in collaboration with our network of researchers and civil society experts. See our publications

Ensuring Legitimacy in Stakeholder Engagement: The ‘5 Es’ Framework

New study: Research on Microsoft Bing Chat

AI Chatbot produces misinformation about elections

AI and Sustainability

SustAIn Magazine #3 – A Different Take on AI: We Decide What AI Has To Do for Us

Journalistic stories

How does automated decision-making effect our daily lives? Where are the systems applied and what happens when something goes wrong? Read our journalistic investigations on the current use of ADM systems and their consequences. Read our stories

Campaign: ADM and People on the Move

The automated Fortress Europe: No place for human rights

Italy introduces entirely automated public tenders

Spanish inmates not to be automatically monitored in fear of AI Act

Positions

Read our responses and expert analyses on current political and regulatory developments concerning automated decision-making. Read our positions

Stance

If the UN wants to help humanity, it should not fall for AI hype

EU’s AI Act fails to set gold standard for human rights

AlgorithmWatch proposals on mitigating election risks for online platforms

Blog

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EU’s AI Act fails to set gold standard for human rights

Yet to be delivered: labor rights in the gig economy

On our own behalf

Change of shareholders at AlgorithmWatch

Projects

Our research projects take a specific look at automated decision-making in certain sectors, ranging from sustainablity, the COVID-19 pandemic, human resources to social media platfroms and public discourse. You can also get involved! Engage and contribute, for example with a data donation! Learn more about our projects

New research

ChatGPT and Co: Are AI-driven search engines a threat to democratic elections?

Automation on the Move

New project: Auditing Algorithms for Systemic Risks