Save the Date: The Ethics of Algorithms | Tuesday, December 6, 6:30pm

Save the Date: The Ethics of Algorithms
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30pm
99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor, New York, NY

Data-Pop Alliance and Thought Works invite you to join us for a collaborative public discussion on exploring the ethical implications of the rising popularity of algorithmic decision making. In everything from criminal justice to humanitarian aid, more and more of our large-scale decisions are being made by machines and the algorithms that power them. But what are the consequences of this shift?  

  • Who really controls this process — the data that feeds it and the results that emerge?
  • What is algorithmic “governance” and algorithmic “bias” and why do they matter? What efforts are being made to define and improve algorithmic “transparency” and “accountability”?
  • How might this new era of “efficient” decision-making actually lead to new possibilities for justice and decreased suffering? Or something else…?

This event will feature Brittny Saunders, Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives, NYC Commission on Human Rights, Emmanuel Letouzé, Director & Co-Founder, Data Pop Alliance, Hadassah Damien, Technology & Engagement Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project, Rob Sherman, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook, and Sara Jayne Terp, Director of Data Projects, Ushahidi and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University.

Food and drink to be served.

For more on Data-Pop Alliance’s work on algorithmic governance, please see our working paper on Leveraging Algorithms for Positive Disruption: On data, democracy, society and statistics and our work with the Open Algorithms (OPAL) Project, a collaborative project being developed by a group of partners, committed to leveraging the power of platforms, big data and advanced analytics for the public good in a privacy preserving, commercially sensible, stable, scalable, and sustainable manner.


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