The Tyranny of Data? The Bright and Dark Sides of Data-Driven Decision-Making for Social Good

We focus our attention on social good decision-making algorithms, that is algorithms strongly influencing decision-making and resource optimization of public goods, such as public health, safety, access to finance and fair employment. Through an analysis of specific use cases and approaches, we highlight both the positive opportunities and the potential negative consequences that practitioners should be aware of and address in order to truly realize the potential of this emergent field. We elaborate on the need for these algorithms to provide transparency and accountability, preserve privacy and be tested and evaluated in context. Finally, we turn to the requirements which would make it possible to leverage the predictive power of data-driven human behavior analysis.

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Bruno Lepri, Jacopo Staiano, David Sangokoya, Emmanuel Letouzé, Nuria Oliver

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Data-Pop Alliance

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