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

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 […]

19. August 2020 / Paula Simões: AlgoRail: Digitalization helps reduce prescription fraud in Portugal

In 2019, 97% of the prescriptions in the public health sector of Portugal were electronic. At the seventh stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Paula Simoes reports that whilst the digitization of the system has led to an optimization of resources and reduced costs, a major benefit was a crackdown on medical prescription fraud – a reduction by 80% during the first year.  In 2016, the “paperless prescriptions” program and the electronic […]