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

29. July 2020 / Hugo Barbieux: AlgoRail: Staying in the UK despite Brexit – with the help of a mobile App

EU citizens can obtain permissions to stay in the UK via a mobile app. The partly automated checking has allowed for quick processing of the first 3 million applications. At the fourth stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Hugo Barbieux explains the app’s functionality and the reasons why both some young and old users’ despair over the app. Pablo Duro is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. A few months ago, he received the “Pre-Settled” status, […]

22. July 2020 / Koen Vervloesem: AlgoRail: Belgium’s quest for fairness in school enrollments 

In the Flemish part of Belgium, camping became an icon of injustice. Parents slept in front of top schools in order to be the first in line to enroll their kids. This unnerving and unfair practice was stopped when the government introduced an algorithmic system to allocate school places. At the third stop of our AlgoRail through […]

15. July 2020 / Koen Vervloesem: AlgoRail: Demands for more transparent data management in Dutch public sector

The Dutch government has used a secret algorithm for the last years in order to fight social benefits fraud. In February 2020, a court ruled the immediate halt due to its privacy and transparency violations. Civil society organizations demand that citizens are better informed about what their data is used for in the public sector. […]

8. July 2020 / Nicolas Kayser-Bril: AlgoRail: On the trail of algorithms

Summer has finally arrived, but the Corona pandemic has already put a damper on many people’s holiday plans. That’s why we want to go on a journey in our new blog series “AlgoRail” – all over Europe and always on the trail of algorithmic systems. Where are algorithmic systems already in use in other countries? […]