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Austria’s employment agency rolls out discriminatory algorithm, sees no problem

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AMS, Austria's employment agency, is about to roll out a sorting algorithm that gives lower scores to women and to the disabled. It is very likely illegal under current anti-discrimination law.

Ethical guidelines issued by engineers’ organization fail to gain traction

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The world’s largest professional association of engineers released its ethical guidelines for automated systems last March. A review by AlgorithmWatch shows that Facebook and Google have yet to acknow…

Defective computing: How algorithms use speech analysis to profile job candidates

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Some companies and scientists present Affective Computing, the algorithmic analysis of personality traits as an important new development in HR. But the methods that are used are more than dubious and…

Spain: Legal fight over an algorithm’s code

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Half a million Spaniards have been denied an electricity subsidy although they might be eligible. Non-profit Civio is going to court to obtain the source code of the software making the decisions.

Bad data and health: Garbage in, carnage out

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French investigative outlet Mediacités recently revealed how design failures in the user interface of software used in the country’s second-largest hospital endangered patients’ lives. Such software i…

Poland: Government to scrap controversial unemployment scoring system

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The Polish government has been forced to scrap a controversial scoring system for the unemployed after criticism by campaigners, judges and a human rights watchdog.

Sweden: Rogue algorithm stops welfare payments for up to 70,000 unemployed

By Tom Wills Automated decision-making has become a national talking point in Sweden, after a report by the country’s public broadcaster revealed thousands of unemployed people were wrongly denied ben…

Finnish Credit Score Ruling raises Questions about Discrimination and how to avoid it

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In a case not well known outside Finland, a tribunal threatened to fine Svea Ekonomi AB for 100,000 euros on the grounds that it declined credit to a customer by using statistical models that are in v…

High-Risk Citizens

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A software is used for detecting potential benefit cheats in the Netherlands. The government keeps quiet about how that works. Civil rights activists are taking the matter to court.

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