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.

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.

Italy introduces entirely automated public tenders

The neofascist government led by Brothers of Italy passed a law that encourages public institutions to entirely automate procurements, from the definition of needs to the selection of winning bids. The consequences are uncertain as such systems have yet to be implemented, but small communities will most definitely lose power and opacity will reign.

The Italian lower chamber by Conte di Cavour on Wikimedia Commons.

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

Spanish region Catalonia’s government approved the use of an Artificial Intelligence-based software to monitor inmates and interpret their behavior. Partially funded by the European Union, the system was to be implemented at the Mas d'Enric prison near Tarragona, a city south of Barcelona, and extended to other regional prisons. Ultimately, it wasn't.

19 March 2024

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Join the ride side

You ride for Lieferando and their app leaves you in the dark about how decisions are made on trips, salaries, bonuses? You want more transparency, better working conditions, and more money? Then take part in our survey!

AlgorithmWatch proposals on mitigating election risks for online platforms

Despite hopes that the Digital Services Act could protect against online risks during upcoming elections, this looks increasingly unlikely due to delays and issues in implementation. The EU Commission has sought input on how to mitigate election risks, and AlgorithmWatch has responded.

"Voting" by justgrimes is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Story

19 February 2024

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Austria’s social security invests over €50m in AI – just  for bookkeeping?

The company that manages the technical infrastructure of Austria’s health insurance system passed a massive tender for AI services. The plan is shrouded in secrecy, even though the company’s track record urges caution.

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Blog

14 February 2024

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DSA Day and platform risks

Got Complaints? Want Data? Digital Service Coordinators will have your back – or will they?

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the EU’s new regulation against risks from online platforms and search engines. It has been in effect since 2023, but 17 February 2024 marks “DSA Day,” on which many of the regulation’s most impactful provisions come into force.

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

An illustration of the protagonists of the story. Top: Camille Lextray, Jerzy Afanasjew. Bottom: Anastasia Dedyukhina, Miriam Al Adib, Soizic Pénicaud.

Fighting in the dark: How Europeans push back against rogue AI

How not to: We failed at analyzing public discourse on AI with ChatGPT

Work inside the machine: How pre-saves and algorithmic marketing turn musicians into influencers

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

Press release

EU Parliament votes on AI Act; member states will have to plug surveillance loopholes

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