Algorithmic decision making (ADM)* is a fact of life today; it will be a much bigger fact of life tomorrow. It carries enormous dangers; it holds enormous promise. The fact that most ADM procedures are black boxes to the people affected by them is not a law of nature. It must end.
- ADM is never neutral.
- The creator of ADM is responsible for its results. ADM is created not only by its designer.
- ADM has to be intelligible in order to be held accountable to democratic control.
- Democratic societies have the duty to achieve intelligibility of ADM with a mix of technologies, regulation, and suitable oversight institutions.
- We have to decide how much of our freedom we allow ADM to preempt.
* We call the following process algorithmic decision making (ADM):
- design procedures to gather data,
- gather data,
- design algorithms to
- analyse the data,
- interpret the results of this analysis based on a human-defined interpretation model,
- and to act automatically based on the interpretation as determined in a human-defined decision making model.
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