AlgorithmWatch is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that is committed to watch, unpack and analyze automated decision-making (ADM) systems and their impact on society.

Position

29 September 2022

#aiact

Our statement on the draft AI Act to the German government and public

On 26 September, the Digital Committee of the German Parliament held a hearing with the theme “EU regulation regarding Artificial Intelligence including the competitiveness on the field of AI and blockchain technology” with a major focus on the upcoming AI Act. Our Head of Policy & Advocacy, Angela Müller, was invited to give a statement on behalf of AlgorithmWatch.

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Greece plans automated drones to spot people crossing border

The Greek Migration Ministry announced it would use EU-funded drones with “Artificial Intelligence” to track people seeking refuge at the border. Promises that they will also improve search and rescue operations ring hollow. 

Story

15 September 2022

#facerecognition

Face recognition data set of trans people still available online years after it was supposedly taken down

A US academic scraped videos off YouTube to train face recognition software on pictures of trans people. New research reveals that his methods were even more carefree than previously known.

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Blog

13 September 2022

#newsroom

A European newsroom to investigate automated systems

AlgorithmWatch is delighted to announce that the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie is funding a decentralized newsroom to investigate automated systems in Europe.

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Story

8 September 2022

#berlin #covid19 #doctolib

Details of the Doctolib contract shed light on hiccups in Berlin’s vaccination drive

New documents indicate how the city of Berlin let Doctolib manage vaccination appointments at the height of the pandemic, when glitches left some patients waiting months for their shot.

Story

5 September 2022

#bamf #dialectrecognition

The BAMF’s controversial dialect recognition software: new languages and an EU pilot project

"Pretty much hopeless", says computer linguist from the center where BAMF buys its training data.

Facebook’s gutting of CrowdTangle: a step backward for platform transparency

Facebook is quietly dismantling CrowdTangle, a tool that academics, watchdog organizations and journalists rely on to expose disinformation and other problematic content on the platform. The move contradicts the company’s commitments to give researchers better access to data.

Blog

21 July 2022

#jobs #team

#Jobalert: We’re looking for a social media and content manager

30-40h/week | Berlin | starting in September

Our response to the EDPB’s guidelines on facial recognition in law enforcement

The European Data Protection Board has called for input on its recently published guidelines on the use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement. AlgorithmWatch responded.

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Policy Brief: Our recommendations for strengthening data access for public interest research

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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

7 September 2022

AutoCheck workshops on Automated Decision-Making Systems and Discrimination

Understanding causes, recognizing cases, supporting those affected: documents for implementing a workshop.

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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

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2 September 2022

Digital Bouncers: AI in Recruiting

Automated decision-making systems are increasingly used by companies to decide who is best for a job. Applicants are worried about being rejected by a machine, based on programmed prejudices. In Switzerland, employers are especially reluctant to speak about the hiring algorithms that they use.

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Positions

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

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28 June 2022

Open Letter: Big Tech won’t respect the new Digital Markets Act unless it can be enforced

AlgorithmWatch and 17 other civil society organizations are calling on the European Parliament to quickly mobilize the resources needed for the European Commission to strongly enforce of the Digital Markets Act.

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Blog

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21 September 2022

A guide to the Digital Services Act, the EU’s new law to rein in Big Tech

Everything you need to know about the Digital Services Act (DSA), Europe’s new law to make powerful tech platforms like YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram more transparent and accountable for the risks they pose to society.

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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

About the project, 1 April 2021

SustAIn: The Sustainability Index for Artificial Intelligence

How sustainable is Artificial Intelligence? At this point in time, we are aware that a lot of energy is needed in the development and application of AI, that so-called click workers classify data sets for training AI systems under very poor working conditions and that these systems quite often reinforce existing patterns of discrimination. In view of an increasing number of AI systems in use, there is an urgent need to discuss how AI can be made more sustainable. This is where our project SustAIn comes in.

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