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21 July 2022

#jobs #team

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

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

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Opinion, 5 July 2022

The Digital Services Act: It’s time for Europe to turn the tables on Big Tech

The EU’s new Digital Services Act is a blueprint for forcing Facebook, Youtube, and other major online platforms to tackle the serious risks they pose to individuals and the public sphere. Its success now depends on whether EU officials will effectively enforce the law.

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25 May 2022

Christina Elmer joins AlgorithmWatch as shareholder

Christina Elmer, Professor of Digital Journalism at TU Dortmund University and one of the most renowned data journalists in Germany, becomes a new shareholder of the non-profit watchdog organization.

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20 May 2022

Governance of Artificial Intelligence in the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is in charge of upholding human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. Its member states are currently working on legal frameworks for the development and use of AI systems.

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25 April 2022

The Digital Services Act: EU sets a new standard for platform accountability

A political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA) reached late last week may set a major blueprint for protecting people’s rights online and holding Big Tech companies accountable. It will do so in part by forcing platforms to be more transparent about the design and function of the algorithmic systems which are core to their business practices.

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14 March 2022

DataSkop: simulating the dynamics of recommender systems

Several thousands of supporters donated their YouTube profile data on our platform DataSkop. We have developed a simulator that is designed to demonstrate basic principles of recommendation algorithms such as YouTube's.

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1 March 2022

Solidarity with Ukraine

As an organization that defends human rights and democracy, we, the team of AlgorithmWatch and AlgorithmWatch Switzerland, stand in solidarity with Ukraine, the Ukrainian population and all Russians who do not support this war.

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7 February 2022

Don’t smile for the camera – stop automated facial recognition!

Join the cause and spread the word about the dangers of biometric surveillance by ordering one of our “Don’t smile for the camera” tote bags for free.

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7 February 2022

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a Policy & Advocacy Manager

+++ New deadline for applications +++ Are you dedicated to securing fundamental rights and strengthening the common good when it comes to the use of algorithmic systems? You are passionate about building coalitions, developing positions and advocating for them? Then we are looking forward to your application!

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27 January 2022

EU Parliament approves its negotiating position on the DSA

The plenary vote establishes the European Parliament's position ahead of the trilogue negotiations with the Council of the EU and the Commission, which will start next week. Despite progress by the Parliament on issues like platform transparency, it is far from guaranteed that this progress will be enshrined in the final law.

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11 January 2022

Platforms oppressing public interest research: EU Commission responds to MEP Breyer’s question concerning AlgorithmWatch

After Facebook forced AlgorithmWatch to shutter our Instagram monitoring project, MEP Patrick Breyer submitted a written question to the European Commission asking how to protect public interest research from being oppressed by large tech platforms. Now, the Commission has responded.

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4 January 2022

From evidence to impact: Stiftung Mercator supports AlgorithmWatch

Stiftung Mercator will support AlgorithmWatch over the next three years to strengthen our work seeking to influence digital policies and algorithmic governance in the public interest.

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Annual review 2021, 27 December 2021

The year that was not saved by automated systems – 2021 in review

A climate catastrophe in Germany and the revelations of the Facebook Files had one thing in common: the humans in the loop failed to take the right decisions. 2021 was not the year algorithms were reined in, but 2022 might be.

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1 December 2021

UNESCO adopts Recommendation on the Ethics of AI

AlgorithmWatch welcomes that UNESCO’s 193 Member States have adopted the Recommendation on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – the first truly global framework on AI.

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4 November 2021

Welcome to the team, Anna, Monica, John & Josephine

AlgorithmWatch welcomes Anna Kraher, Monica Phương Thúy Nguyễn, John Albert and Josephine Hüetlin to the team.

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12 October 2021

Apply now: AlgorithmWatch is looking for an experienced editor

Writing is your passion? Do you feel like working in a young and influential NGO? And you want to contribute your skills and experience to one of the most important and exciting social issues of our time? Our team in Berlin is looking forward to your application!

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How to freelance for AlgorithmWatch

AlgorithmWatch is an advocacy organization that also carries out research and investigations to shed light on automated systems. We always welcome contributions from outside journalists. Here's what you need to know before you freelance for AlgorithmWatch.

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17 September 2021

Job alert! AlgorithmWatch is looking for a technical campaigner

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a dedicated technical campaigner to join our team in Berlin. Fluent German and proficient English skills are required.

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Sign our open letter!, 13 August 2021

Under Facebook’s thumb: Platforms must stop suppressing public interest research

Facebook forced us to shut down our Instagram monitoring project. We have written an open letter to European Union lawmakers asking them to use the Digital Services Act (DSA) to defend public interest research about how platforms influence our public sphere. It has been signed by 36 organizations and 6.126 individuals.

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2 August 2021

Job opening: Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a dedicated and experienced Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor to join our team in Berlin. Fluency in English is required, in German a plus.

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15 July 2021

DataSkop: Investigating YouTube’s algorithm during Germany’s election campaign

Which videos does YouTube's recommender system suggest to users during the german election campaign? The new data donation platform “Dataskop” developed by AlgorithmWatch is helping researchers and journalists investigate how users' watch histories influence the platform’s recommendations and search results. From 15 July until 25 August, users can donate their data and explore the algorithm in data visualization experiments.

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6 July 2021

Parental leave: We’re looking for a reporter and editor [11 months]

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a journalist to cover for a parental leave. Send us your application by July 19th.

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30 June 2021

More Algorithms, more Watchers: New Faces at AlgorithmWatch

The deployment of automated decision making systems (ADM) grows exponentially – and so does the task to watch over this development. That's why we are very grateful for the much needed support from our new employees Lukas, Jasper, Nikolett, Sarah, and Tobias. We're also happy to welcome back Kristina in her new role as operations manager. It's great to have you!

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Interview with Jessica Wulf, 25 May 2021

“We’re looking for cases of discrimination through algorithms in Germany.”

The project AutoCheck investigates the risks for discrimination inherent in automated decision-making systems (ADMS). In this interview, project manager Jessica Wulf talks about the search for exemplary cases and how the project will support counselling centers and further education on the topic.

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Team , 11 March 2021

The AlgorihmWatch team continues to grow: new faces 2021

In the last 12 months, the number of AlgorithmWatch team members has more than doubled. We are happy to introduce the new colleagues who joined us at the beginning of 2021. Welcome, Mira, Kerstin, Gregor, Leonie and Jens!

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10 March 2021

Job opening: We’re looking for a Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a dedicated and experienced Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor to join our team in Berlin. Fluency in English is required, in German desired.

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9 February 2021

New project launched: Tracing the tracers. Monitoring and analyzing ADM systems used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are very pleased to announce our new project Tracing the tracers. Monitoring and analyzing automated decision-making systems used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, we aim at providing a platform through which to continuously update the public on how ADM systems are being used in Europe — and, comparatively, the rest of the world — in response to the SARS-CoV-2 global outbreak.

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3 February 2021

Presentation of the French and Spanish country issues of the Automating Society Report

We look forward to the publication of the French and Spanish country issues of the Automating Society Report 2020 by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung. Both issues will be launched within an online event in the respective national language.

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25 January 2021

Now available: The German edition of the Automating Society Report 2020

Read the German country edition of the Automating Society Report 2020

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Event, 19 January 2021

Register now: Launch event of the German edition of the Automating Society Report on 25 January 2021

How are AI-based systems being used by private companies and public authorities in Europe? The Automating Society Report by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung sheds light on what role automated decision-making (ADM) systems play in our lives. On January 25, we will present the German country edition of the report and discuss the results with experts at an online event. The main question will be how the public administration intends to deal with ADM procedures and whether concrete legal rules are needed.

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28 December 2020

The year algorithms escaped quarantine: 2020 in review

Amid the Covid pandemic, governments and corporations stepped up the deployments of automated systems. Civil society initiatives attempted to keep some of them in check.

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Podcast, 9 December 2020

Podcast: The EU Digital Services Act – Why data access matters

Ahead of the European Commission's Digital Services Act, this podcast explores why it is essential that the new rules on internet governance enable journalists and independent researchers to gain access to data collected by online platforms, and why it is currently so difficult to scrutinize the algorithmic systems that control our online spaces.

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Team, 2 December 2020

Shout-out to our guest researchers: Luis, Avalon & Leonard

Meet the current guest researchers, who joined AlgorithmWatch in the fall: Luis Windpassinger, Avalon Wolfe & Leonard Haas

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20 November 2020

Launch of AlgorithmWatch Switzerland

AlgorithmWatch is now also represented in Switzerland - as a Swiss organization with its own team and new exciting projects.

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13 November 2020

Italian country issue of the Automating Society Report 2020 released

The Automating Society Report 2020 by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung is now available as a special Italian edition.

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Launch event, 21 October 2020

Beyond the buzzwords: Putting meaningful transparency at the heart of the Digital Services Act

Register now for an Online Policy Dialogue by AlgorithmWatch and the EPC, with Margrethe Vestager, Alexandra Geese, Daniela Brönstrup and Jef Ausloos: 30 October, 10:00 CET

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Event, 19 October 2020

Coming soon: Automating Society Report 2020 – Join our launch event on 28 October!

On 28 October AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung will publish the Automating Society Report 2020 – register now and join our online launch event!

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Team, 28 September 2020

Welcome to our DataSkop team: Sana, Rachel and Johannes

With our new project DataSkop three new colleagues have joined AlgorithmWatch. We are delighted to welcome Sana, Rachel and Johannes to the team.

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1 September 2020

Europe wants to be a role model for technological responses to COVID-19. But it’s complicated.

Launch of our new report on 'Automated Decision-Making Systems in the COVID-19 Pandemic'

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Team, 23 July 2020

Guest researchers join AlgorithmWatch for the summer

We are delighted to introduce you to two guest researchers who are joining our team for the summer: Marie Schröter and Justin Braun

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Team, 10 July 2020

Meet our colleagues: Melanie, Jessica and Friederike

AlgorithmWatch continues to grow in 2020. In the spring, three new colleagues joined our team, and we are delighted to introduce them to you:

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9 July 2020

AlgorithmWatch appointed to ‘Global Partnership on AI’

Today was the kick-off of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), a founded by the EU Commission and 14 countries. AlgorithmWatch was appointed to the GPAI as one of the very few civil society organizations.

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Campaign, 9 July 2020

Hey researchers! Have you been ‘left on read’ by platforms? Share your stories!

Platforms routinely refuse to provide data for public interest investigations—leaving researchers feeling snubbed. Sound familiar? Tell us your story!

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Data donation, 3 March 2020

Help us unveil the secrets of Instagram’s algorithm

Install the add-on for Firefox or Chrome to help us monitor Instagram's newsfeed algorithm!

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5 February 2020

AlgorithmWatch receives core funding from the Schöpflin Foundation

The Schöpflin Foundation will support the work of AlgorithmWatch over the next three years. We will use the funding to advance and implement AlgorithmWatch’s fundraising strategy and to sharpen our advocacy positions in order to communicate our goals clearly and effectively to journalists, political and private sector stakeholders, and the general public.

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Job opening, 21 January 2020

Job offer: Head of AlgorithmWatch Switzerland

We are looking for an experienced colleague to establish and lead AlgorithmWatch Switzerland.

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30 December 2019

Automating societies: Nine predictions for 2020

A few days before 2020, AlgorithmWatch makes nine predictions for the new year. Twelve months from now, we will come back to them and assess our forecasting skills.

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23 December 2019

The year the wrong Amazon burnt: 2019 in review

As the hype around “artificial intelligence” leveled off, the impact of automated decision-making made itself seen. Regulators and civil society fought hard to rein in Big Tech, but much remains to be done to achieve a good balance.

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Job opening, 18 December 2019

Join the AlgortihmWatch team: We’re looking for a Policy & Advocacy Manager

We are looking for a dedicated and experienced Policy and Advocacy Manager

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2 October 2019

First convening of the AlgorithmWatch Supervisory Board

On 1 October, the AlgorithmWatch Supervisory Board held its first meeting. We are delighted that Katharina de la Durantaye, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Steffen Wenzel will be supporting us with their expertise and experience through this important oversight role.

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Team, 26 September 2019

Meet our Mozilla Fellow: Anouk Ruhaak

We are delighted to welcome our new Mozilla Fellow Anouk Ruhaak, who will join our team for almost a year.

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Team, 9 September 2019

Meet the newest members of the AlgorithmWatch team

Over the summer, the AlgorithmWatch team has expanded by three new members. We are delighted to introduce our new colleagues: Mackenzie, Nicolas and Fabio.

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Call for submissions, 15 August 2019

CRAFT: Critiquing and Rethinking Accountability, Fairness and Transparency (ACM FAT* 2020)

The growing research field dedicated to scrutinize algorithmic systems in terms of fairness, accountability and transparency increasingly reveals blind spots, despite its interdisciplinary focus. The initiators of CRAFT (Critiquing and Rethinking Accountability, Fairness and Transparency), a new program embedded in the ACM FAT* conference, point out limitations of existing research methods and call for more holistic approach when it comes to addressing societal problems associated with automated decision-making systems.

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Essay, 7 August 2019

Personal Scoring in the EU: Not quite Black Mirror yet, at least if you’re rich 

A centralized, permanent and public personal scoring system is very unlikely to appear in EU countries, but this does not mean that a large share of the European population is not or will not be subject to invasive scoring mechanisms.

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Essay, 22 July 2019

Mind The Algorithm

The question of whether automation benefits or damages us citizens is primarily a political one. No one should let themselves be told that only those who have studied mathematics or computer science can take part in the discussion.

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20 June 2019

AlgorithmWatch accepts invitation by Facebook to discuss company’s plans for creating oversight board

Next week, AlgorithmWatch will participate in a workshop organised by Facebook, convening representatives of the company and external stakeholders to discuss whether and how a Facebook-appointed board could oversee the company's content removal practices.

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Video, 10 May 2019

#rp19 talk: Citizen Scoring in the EU – it happens at home, not only in China!

On 7 May Kristina Penner and Matthias Spielkamp presented the key findings of our report Automating Society – Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU at re:publica 2019 in Berlin. The video of the session is now available on YouTube.

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2 May 2019

OpenSCHUFA is nominated for the Grimme Online Award

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1 May 2019

Volkswagen Foundation funds new AlgorithmWatch project with planning grant

New project of AlgorithmWatch and TU Braunschweig aims to Bridge the structural competence gap for AI in HR.

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02.05.2018, Berlin: Akkreditierungen auf der re:publica. Die re:publica ist eine der weltweit wichtigsten Konferenzen zu den Themen der digitalen Gesellschaft und findet in diesem Jahr vom 02. bis 04. Mai in der STATION-Berlin statt. Foto: Jan Michalko/re:publica

Event, 30 April 2019

re:publica 2019 – Our sessions, our picks

Our picks of this year's programme - selected by Veronika Thiel and Sebastian Gießler

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26 April 2019

New project: Governing Platforms

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new project Governing Platforms, which is funded by Civitates, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant open European democracies. Our project partners are the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Mainzer Medieninstitut.

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17 April 2019

AlgorithmWatch will host a Mozilla Fellow

We are very excited to be one of ten nonprofits and civil society organizations hosting a Mozilla Fellow 2019-2020!

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9 April 2019

Launch of our ‘AI Ethics Guidelines Global Inventory’

AlgorithmWatch's inventory of principles, voluntary commitments & frameworks for an ethical use of algorithms and AI (work in progress)

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9 April 2019

No red lines: Industry defuses ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence should serve people and respect fundamental rights. This is what an expert group of the EU Commission demands in its now published guidelines for these technologies. However, unalterable ethical principles can no longer be found in it - representatives of industry on the committee have successfully deleted them.

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3 April 2019

Atlas of Automation – Automated decision-making and participation in Germany

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25 March 2019

IEEE launches Ethically Aligned Design, First Edition

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Video & press review, 6 February 2019

Report ‘Automating Society’: video of the launch event & press review

Overview of the press coverage of the report 'Automating Society - Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU' and the video of the launch event

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29 January 2019

Automating Society 2019 – our report on ADM in the EU

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Launch event, 29 January 2019

Launch event for the report “Automating Society” in the European Parliament

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27 January 2019

New guest researcher joins the AlgorithmWatch team

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Event, 25 January 2019

CPDP breakfast meeting: Presentation of the report ‘Automating Society’ on 30 January

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22 January 2019

New guest researcher joins the AlgorithmWatch team

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Event, 16 January 2019

Launch event for the report “Automating Society” in the European Parliament

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29 November 2018

SCHUFA, a black box: OpenSCHUFA results published

Data journalists of Spiegel Online and Bayerischer Rundfunk analyzed roughly 2000 credit reports donated to OpenSCHUFA.

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Video, 13 November 2018

How YouTube’s algorithm amplified the right during Chemnitz

Video of Ray Serrato's presentation at the 1st Meetup on Algorithmic Accountability Reporting of AlgorithmWatch, 5 November 2018

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12 November 2018

Two new researchers join the AlgorithmWatch team

A warm welcome to Veronika Thiel and Sebastian Gießler, who are now working as researchers for the projects "Atlas of Automation" and "Automated Human Resources Management and Workplace Democracy".

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18 October 2018

Algorithmic Accountability Reporting mailing list launched

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Event, 12 October 2018

1st Meeting on Algorithmic Accountability Reporting with Ray Serrato

Monday, 5 November 2018, 6:30pm at AlgorithmWatch, Bergstr. 22, Berlin-Mitte

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Essay, 6 August 2018

Self-Determination in a Networked Society

AlgorithmWatch co-founder Lorena Jaume-Palasí attended the Digital Future Science Match 2018 on May 14 and gave a talk on self-determination in the digital era. This is an edited version of her speech.

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27 June 2018

AlgorithmWatch in the EU High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

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21 June 2018

AlgorithmWatch recieves Theodor Heuss Medal 2018

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22 May 2018

OpenSCHUFA – shedding light on Germany’s opaque credit scoring

Why we started OpenSCHUFA, why you should care about credit scoring & how you can help.

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16 May 2018

OpenSCHUFA data donation launches

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29 April 2018

re:publica 2018 – Our picks of this year’s program

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Essay, 12 April 2018

Why we should not fear Artificial Intelligence

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8 March 2018

AlgorithmWatch receives Theodor-Heuss-Medal 2018

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Call, 7 March 2018

Call for participation: Algorithmic accountability reporting track at EIJC18 & DataHarvest Conference

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21 February 2018

OpenSCHUFA – shedding light on Germany’s opaque credit scoring

Why we started OpenSCHUFA, why you should care about credit scoring & how you can help.

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7 December 2017

AlgorithmWatch has been awarded funding by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Hans Böckler Foundation

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Video, 23 May 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”

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8 May 2017

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

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Essay, 19 June 2016

The ethical abyss of big data research

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13 May 2016

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

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