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How does automated decision-making effect our daily lives? Where are the systems applied and what happens when something goes wrong? Read our journalistic investigations on the current use of ADM systems and their consequences.

1 February 2023

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What to expect from Europe’s first AI oversight agency

Spain announced the first national agency for the supervision of Artificial Intelligence. In its current shape, the plan is very industry-friendly and leaves little space to civil society.

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12 January 2023

Does a simple algorithm help against domestic violence?

Police officers in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania predict the likelihood of a future incident of domestic violence using ODARA, a Canadian tool with unproven reliability. It helps cooperation with social workers, but does not work all the time.

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9 December 2022

Wolt: Couriers’ feelings don’t always match the transparency report

In August, the Finnish delivery service Wolt published its first “algorithmic transparency report”. We asked three couriers about their experiences. They don't always match the report’s contents.

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7 December 2022

From cloning actors’ voices to detecting missiles: Ukraine’s AI scene contributes to air defense

Zvook is a system that detects incoming missiles and drones using audio sensors and Artificial Intelligence. It was created in part by the people behind Respeecher, the company infamous for cloning the voices of Star Wars characters.

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1 December 2022

Algorithmic elections: How automated systems quietly disenfranchise voters

In the United States, automated systems purge voters rolls and verify signatures. They sometimes discard valid votes, especially in historically marginalized communities. Such systems are unlikely to be as widespread in the European Union.

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30 November 2022

Mastodon could make the public sphere less toxic, but not for all

The open-source social network gained millions of new users following Twitter’s takeover. While some of its features could improve the quality of public discourse, disadvantaged communities might be excluded.

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2 November 2022

The fediverse is growing, but power imbalances might stay

Alternative social network Mastodon, which has no algorithmic timeline and a decentralized structure, is rapidly gaining steam. But the regulatory framework, which was built for billion-dollar companies, could dampen its growth.

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2 November 2022

How researchers are upping their game to audit recommender systems

Recommender systems, such as a social network’s news feed or a streaming service’s recommendations, are notoriously difficult to audit. Despite high hurdles, practitioners from journalism and academia are pushing forward.

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26 October 2022

Visa-free travelers to the EU will undergo “risk” checks from 2023. Who counts as risky remains unclear

Two EU agencies, Frontex and eu-LISA, are developing ETIAS, a new system that automatically assesses the “risk” posed by some travelers. The sorting algorithm will be trained in part with past decisions by border guards.

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20 October 2022

Meta is sued for abetting fraud, and they don’t want you to know about it

The Australian consumer commission accuses Meta of helping scammers defraud its users. The scams are global and the legal case could have repercussions elsewhere.

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