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12 - Governance of Algorithms

Rethinking Public Sector Use of Algorithms for Predictive Purposes

from Part II - Business, Regulations, and Decision-Making with Algorithms

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2020

Woodrow Barfield
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University of Washington
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In recent years, algorithms have been incorporated into practically every aspect of our lives. They have come to determine whether you will be approved for a mortgage – as well as the interest, how much you will pay for insurance, the likelihood you will commit a crime, the terms of your sentencing, and the number of police patrols in your neighborhood. It is therefore difficult to imagine a more important consideration than the manner in which we are comfortable with algorithms making these decisions. As their presence in our daily lives grows, attention must be paid to their influence on society. Without these conversations we will increasingly rely on this technology, and it will become more difficult to disentangle the legal and ethical pitfalls from systems that have become necessary in our daily lives.

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Print publication year: 2020

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