Ethics and algorithmic processes for decision making and decision support

Current ethical debates about the consequences of automation focus on the rights of individuals. But algorithmic processes exhibit a collective dimension. In our working paper, we therefore suggest ways to better take this dimension into account.

/ June 1st, 2017

Video: Frank Pasquale at Luxemburg Lectures

Pasquale is one of the leading scholars on algorithmic accountability and professor of law at the University of Maryland and author of “The Black Box Society. The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information”

/ May 23rd, 2017

Luxemburg Lecture with Frank Pasquale and AlgorithmWatch, May 11, 7 pm in Berlin

Coming Thursday (May 11th) we will discuss the question of how to hold algorithms accountable with Frank Pasquale, one of the leading scholars on algorithmic accountability and professor of law at the University of Maryland and author of “The Black Box...

/ May 8th, 2017

Watching the watchers: Epstein and Robertson’s „Search Engine Manipulation Effect“

1. Watching the watchers: Epstein and Robertson’s „Search Engine Manipulation Effect“ In July, 2015, Epstein and Robertson published a widely acknowledged study on how much a biased search engine result ranking can shift undecided voters towards one candidate [1]. In...

/ April 7th, 2017

The ethical abyss of big data research

“If a dataset can be downloaded from the web, regardless of whether it originated from a breach or other illegal activity, it is considered to be in the public domain and falls under the IRB exemption for public domain datasets.”...

/ June 19th, 2016

Algorithms make no value judgements – except the ones designed by humans

“Judgments, when being made by humans, can never be considered value-neutral.” Says Danny Yadron, technology reporter for Guardian US in his article Facebook controversy shows journalists are more complicated than algorithms. True enough. The problem with his article: The underlying assumption that in contrast...

/ May 13th, 2016