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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.

25 May 2021

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In Catalonia, the RisCanvi algorithm helps decide whether inmates are paroled

Eleven years ago, the Catalonian Department of Justice, in Spain, introduced RisCanvi, a system that estimates the risk that inmates reoffend upon leaving prison. All Catalonian prisons use it, but the tool is hardly transparent.

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Arnel Hasanovic | Unsplash

14 May 2021

Image classification algorithms at Apple, Google still push racist tropes

Image classification algorithms at Apple, Google still push racist tropes

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Ralph / Flickr

27 April 2021

Greek camps for asylum seekers to introduce partly automated surveillance systems

Greek camps for asylum seekers to introduce partly automated surveillance systems

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15 April 2021

How French welfare services are creating ‘robo-debt’

How French welfare services are creating ‘robo-debt’

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Icons8 | Unsplash

29 March 2021

Automated translation is hopelessly sexist, but don’t blame the algorithm or the training data

Automated translation is hopelessly sexist, but don’t blame the algorithm or the training data

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Roel Wijnants |flickr

3 March 2021

Politicians can do well on Instagram. Political posts, less so.

Politicians can do well on Instagram. Political posts, less so.

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Piero Nigro | Unsplash

25 February 2021

In Berlin, Google Maps and TomTom encourage car drivers to disregard the law

In Berlin, Google Maps and TomTom encourage car drivers to disregard the law

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1 February 2021

The Insta-mafia: How crooks mass-report users for profit

The Insta-mafia: How crooks mass-report users for profit

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Εφημερίδα ΠΡΙΝ | Flickr

28 January 2021

Flush with EU funds, Greek police to introduce live face recognition before the summer

Flush with EU funds, Greek police to introduce live face recognition before the summer

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19 January 2021

Medical devices using AI/ML are poorly regulated: study

Medical devices using AI/ML are poorly regulated: study

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Pedro Serapio |Pixabay

12 January 2021

China’s social credit system was due by 2020 but is far from ready

China’s social credit system was due by 2020 but is far from ready

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Robert Scoble | Flickr

6 January 2021

In Poland, a law made loan algorithms transparent. Implementation is nonexistent.

In Poland, a law made loan algorithms transparent. Implementation is nonexistent.

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foodwatch | Flickr

14 December 2020

Despite transparency, the Nutri-Score algorithm faces strong resistance

Despite transparency, the Nutri-Score algorithm faces strong resistance

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4 December 2020

Health algorithms discriminate against Black patients, also in Switzerland

Health algorithms discriminate against Black patients, also in Switzerland

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Wynand van Poortvliet | Unsplash

25 November 2020

Dutch city uses algorithm to assess home value, but has no idea how it works

Dutch city uses algorithm to assess home value, but has no idea how it works

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Jean-Noël Dollé |flickr

23 November 2020

French tax authority pushes for automated controls despite mixed results

French tax authority pushes for automated controls despite mixed results

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Ed Westcott|Wikimedia

27 October 2020

Spanish police plan to extend use of its lie-detector while efficacy is unclear

Spanish police plan to extend use of its lie-detector while efficacy is unclear

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the blowup |Unsplash

22 October 2020

Spam filters are efficient and uncontroversial. Until you look at them.

Spam filters are efficient and uncontroversial. Until you look at them.

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Joshua Hoehne | Unsplash

18 October 2020

Automated discrimination: Facebook uses gross stereotypes to optimize ad delivery

Automated discrimination: Facebook uses gross stereotypes to optimize ad delivery

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Erika Fletcher |Unsplash

18 September 2020

In French daycare, algorithms attempt to fight cronyism

In French daycare, algorithms attempt to fight cronyism

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Jon Russell |flickr

17 September 2020

Female historians and male nurses do not exist, Google Translate tells its European users

Female historians and male nurses do not exist, Google Translate tells its European users

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elimirana |Unsplash

16 September 2020

In Italy, an appetite for face recognition in football stadiums

In Italy, an appetite for face recognition in football stadiums

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Catherine Poh Huay Tan |flickr

14 September 2020

Suzhou introduced a new social scoring system, but it was too Orwellian, even for China

Suzhou introduced a new social scoring system, but it was too Orwellian, even for China

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Jilbert Ebrahimi|Unsplash

25 August 2020

For researchers, accessing data is one thing. Assessing its quality another.

For researchers, accessing data is one thing. Assessing its quality another.

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Kamil Gliwiński |Unsplash

18 August 2020

Pre-crime at the tax office: How Poland automated the fight against VAT fraud.

Pre-crime at the tax office: How Poland automated the fight against VAT fraud.

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Thomas Stephan |Unsplash

13 August 2020

Under the Twitter streetlight: How data scarcity distorts research

Under the Twitter streetlight: How data scarcity distorts research

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Ivan Aleksic |Unsplash

12 August 2020

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

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

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Luis García |Wikimedia

11 August 2020

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

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

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Darth Liu |Unsplash

6 August 2020

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

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

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Artiom Vallat |Unsplash

31 July 2020

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

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

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Boehlich |Wikimedia

22 July 2020

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

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

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Ronnie Macdonald|flickr

7 July 2020

Slovenian police acquires automated tools first, legalizes them later

Slovenian police acquires automated tools first, legalizes them later

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Halacious |Unsplash

29 June 2020

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

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

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NeONBRAND | Unsplash

15 June 2020

Undress or fail: Instagram’s algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin

Undress or fail: Instagram’s algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin

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3 June 2020

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

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

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Acount222 |Wikimedia

26 May 2020

Estonia: A city is automating homes to reduce energy consumption

Estonia: A city is automating homes to reduce energy consumption

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19 May 2020

Automated moderation tool from Google rates People of Color and gays as “toxic”

Automated moderation tool from Google rates People of Color and gays as “toxic”

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Alexandr Bormotin |Unsplash

15 May 2020

Finland: How to unionize when your boss is an algorithm and you’re self-employed

Finland: How to unionize when your boss is an algorithm and you’re self-employed

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14 May 2020

This man had his credit score changed from C to A+ after a few emails

This man had his credit score changed from C to A+ after a few emails

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Luis Villasmil |Unsplash

28 April 2020

Unchecked use of computer vision by police carries high risks of discrimination

Unchecked use of computer vision by police carries high risks of discrimination

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Melanie Wasser|Unsplash

27 April 2020

In Spain, the VioGén algorithm attempts to forecast gender violence

In Spain, the VioGén algorithm attempts to forecast gender violence

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Nicepear Jakarta|Unsplash

15 April 2020

Credit scores algorithms keep operating normally even as everything else doesn’t

Credit scores algorithms keep operating normally even as everything else doesn’t

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Benjamin Davies |Unsplash

8 April 2020

Brexit: How EU nationals navigate the automated checks of the “Settled Status” program

Brexit: How EU nationals navigate the automated checks of the “Settled Status” program

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Marko Bugarski|Unsplash

7 April 2020

Google apologizes after its Vision AI produced racist results

Google apologizes after its Vision AI produced racist results

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Zicht op kruising Europaweg en Boerhaavelaan in Haarlem.
Jeroen van Lieshout |flickr

6 April 2020

How Dutch activists got an invasive fraud detection algorithm banned

How Dutch activists got an invasive fraud detection algorithm banned

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Sint-Katelijne-Waver |flickr

3 April 2020

In Flanders, an algorithm attempts to make school choice fairer

In Flanders, an algorithm attempts to make school choice fairer

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Charlotta Wasteson |flickr

17 March 2020

Central authorities slow to react as Sweden’s cities embrace automation of welfare management

Central authorities slow to react as Sweden’s cities embrace automation of welfare management

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François Genon|Unsplash

19 February 2020

EU Commission publishes white paper on AI regulation 20 days before schedule, forgets regulation

EU Commission publishes white paper on AI regulation 20 days before schedule, forgets regulation

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Tim Cole |Unsplash

Interview, 6 February 2020

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

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

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ev | Unsplash

11 December 2019

At least 11 police forces use face recognition in the EU, AlgorithmWatch reveals

At least 11 police forces use face recognition in the EU, AlgorithmWatch reveals

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Husky | Wikipedia

Interview, 9 December 2019

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

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

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Fikri Rasyid |Unsplash

4 December 2019

Price-fixing algorithms can come, competition authorities are ready, they claim

Price-fixing algorithms can come, competition authorities are ready, they claim

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Andrew Ebrahim |Unsplash

26 November 2019

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

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

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Matt Hoffman |Unsplash

Op-ed, 25 November 2019

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

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

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Hanna Morris | Unsplash

12 November 2019

“Explainable AI” doesn’t work for online services – now there’s proof

“Explainable AI” doesn’t work for online services – now there’s proof

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Parker Coffman | Unsplash

11 November 2019

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

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

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Nik Shuliahin | Unsplash

4 November 2019

Facebook enables automated scams, but fails to automate the fight against them

Facebook enables automated scams, but fails to automate the fight against them

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Linh Do | Flickr

16 October 2019

UN special rapporteur on digital technology and social protection denounces a “human rights free-zone”

UN special rapporteur on digital technology and social protection denounces a “human rights free-zone”

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6 October 2019

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

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

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Jonathan Borba | Unsplash

3 October 2019

Ethical guidelines issued by engineers’ organization fail to gain traction

Ethical guidelines issued by engineers’ organization fail to gain traction

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2 October 2019

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

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

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Pablo García Saldaña | Unsplash

20 June 2019

“Ethical AI guidelines”: Binding commitment or simply window dressing?

“Ethical AI guidelines”: Binding commitment or simply window dressing?

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Marie Bellando-Mitjans | Unsplash

16 April 2019

Poland: Government to scrap controversial unemployment scoring system

Poland: Government to scrap controversial unemployment scoring system

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Alireza Badiee  | Unsplash

28 February 2019

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

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

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Alireza Badiee  | Unsplash

25 February 2019

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

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

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21 November 2018

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

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

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4 July 2018

High-Risk Citizens

High-Risk Citizens

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