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At least 10 police forces use face recognition in the EU, AlgorithmWatch reveals

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Between care and control: 200 years of health data in France

The French “Health Data Hub” will soon offer health data on all French citizens to AI startups that request it. It is the latest step in a project to centralize health information that began 200 years…

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“Lawmakers should provide rule-based descriptions of what it means not to be racist”

Cathy O’Neil is a mathematician and the author of several books on data science, including Weapons of Math Destruction, which looked at the impact of algorithms on society. In an e-mail interview, she…

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The algorithm police is coming. Will it have teeth?

Lawmakers in several European countries are passing or considering legislation to keep algorithms in check. How it will be enforced, and by whom, is still unclear.

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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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Dutch MP Kees Verhoeven wants a registry of “heavy” algorithms – but it shouldn’t be public

On September 10, Dutch MP Kees Verhoeven put forward a motion in the Dutch parliament, together with MP Harry van der Molen, to create a mandatory register for all public-sector algorithms. He explain…

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Palantir, the secretive data behemoth linked to the Trump administration, expands into Europe

The data analysis company, known in particular for running the deportation machine of the Trump administration, is expanding aggressively into Europe. AlgorithmWatch mapped some of its clients.

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New Swiss algorithm to desegregate schools, one block at a time

Two researchers from Zurich University created an algorithm that helps desegregate schools by slightly changing the boundaries of each school’s catchment area.

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Controversial service that ranked job seekers based on personal emails folds following AlgorithmWatch investigation

A Finnish company that automatically parsed the personal emails of job applicants to assess their corporate “fit” discontinued its service after reports by AlgorithmWatch and others raised questions a…

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New report by AlgorithmWatch: Identity-management and citizen scoring in Ghana, Rwanda, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and China

A review of identity-management practices in five African countries shows that much of the continent is well on its way towards comprehensive biometric registration. It could enable comprehensive citi…

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