About the project: Ethics of Algorithms

In the project "Ethics of Algorithms" we deal with the social consequences of algorithmic decision making. We want to contribute to a design of algorithmic systems that leads to more participation for all. It is not the technically possible, but rather the socially meaningful that must be the guiding principle.

 

Latest Blog-Posts

28. October 2020 / Julia Gundlach: Automating Society Report: Increased deployment of automated decision-making: Transparency, oversight and competence are still lacking

Over 100 use cases of automated decision-making systems in 16 European countries have been compiled by a research network for the 2020 edition of the Automating Society report by Bertelsmann Stiftung and AlgorithmWatch. The report shows: Even though algorithmic systems are increasingly being used by public administration and private companies, there is still a lack […]

2. September 2020 / Lenart Kučić: AlgoRail in Slovenia: Legalization as an afterthought

Facial recognition software, an invasive Covid-19 tracing app, linking biometric data like fingerprints and DNA – the wish-list of the Slovenian police is long. At the nineth stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Lenart J. Kučić reports how the police has continuously increased its power by overstepping its limits and having it legalized afterwards. When […]

1. September 2020 / Dr. Sarah Fischer: Algorithmic systems in the coronavirus pandemic – The European approach between surveillance and the protection of basic rights

Can technologies such as contact-tracing apps and facial recognition software serve as silver-bullet solutions to the coronavirus pandemic? Hoping this to be the case, a number of countries are rushing to implement algorithmic decision-making systems (ADM). Balancing the technology’s potential in crisis management with a respect for basic rights, Europe aims to serve as an […]

26. August 2020 / Nikolas Leontopoulos: AlgoRail in Greece: Self-referred research on automation

Even though Greek researchers rank first in winning Horizon 2020 grants in the field of security, resulting applications are seldomly found. At the eighth stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Nikolas Leontopoulos reports how European research funding is often used to keep companies competitive rather than building solutions tailored to end-users needs. The 80-billion-euro fund […]