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Under the Twitter streetlight: How data scarcity distorts research

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Algorithmic grading is not an answer to the challenges of the pandemic

By Graeme Tiffany Graeme Tiffany is a philosopher of education. He argues that replacing exams with algorithmic grading, as was done in Great Britain, exacerbates inequalities and fails to assess stud…

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Spain’s largest bus terminal deployed live face recognition four years ago, but few noticed

By Naiara Bellio López-Molina Madrid South Station’s face recognition system automatically matches every visitor’s face against a database of suspects, and shares information with the Spanish police.

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Broken Horizon: In Greece, research in automation fails to find applications

By Nikolas Leontopoulos This story is part of AlgorithmWatch’s upcoming report Automating Society 2020, to be published later this year. Subscribe to our newsletter to be alerted when the repor…

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In a quest to optimize welfare management, Denmark built a surveillance behemoth

By Nicolas Kayser-Bril • kayser-bril@algorithmwatch.org • GPG Key This story is part of AlgorithmWatch’s upcoming report Automating Society 2020, to be published later this year. Subscribe to o…

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Swiss police automated crime predictions but has little to show for it

A review of 3 automated systems in use by the Swiss police and judiciary reveals serious issues. Real-world effects are impossible to assess due to a lack of transparency.

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Slovenian police acquires automated tools first, legalizes them later

The Slovenian police legalized its use of face recognition 5 years after it started to use it. Despite formal safeguards, no institution can restrain the Interior ministry.

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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 organizati…

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Automated decision-making systems and the fight against COVID-19 – our position

by AlgorithmWatch – also available in German, French (Framablog)* and Italian (KRINO)*. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages throughout the world, many are wondering whether and how to use automated decisio…

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Portugal: Automated verification of prescriptions helped crack down on medical fraud

Portugal’s national health service introduced a centralized, automated system to verify medical prescriptions in 2016. One year later, it flagged 20 million euros’ worth of fraud.

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AlgorithmWatch Study debunks Facebook’s GDPR Claims

A new study published by AlgorithmWatch shows that the GDPR needn’t stand in the way of meaningful research access to platform data. It looks to health and environmental sectors for best practices in…

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Can AI mitigate the climate crisis? Not really.

Several institutions claim that AI will contribute to solving the climate crisis, but evidence is scant. On the contrary, AI has a track record of helping emit more greenhouse gases.

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Our response to the European Commission’s consultation on AI

Read our response to the European Commission's White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, submitted as part of the public consultation on AI.

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Ten years on, search auto-complete still suggests slander and disinformation

By Nicolas Kayser-Bril • kayser-bril@algorithmwatch.org • GPG Key After a decade and a string of legal actions, an AlgorithmWatch experiment shows that search engines still suggest slanderous, false a…

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