Algorithm Workshop February 2017
The workshop, which was attended by a sell out audience drawn from law, industry and technology, considered the legal, social and technical dimensions of algorithms and their role in governance. As our everyday lives are more and more determined by decisions made by automated algorithmic processes, the status of algorithms and how they can be regulated , queried and countermanded, becomes evermore important. To give just a few examples, algorithms now often determine how we are assessed as risks for policing and terrorism surveillance: how we get hired, fired and promoted; and what news and political opinion we are exposed to. Both personal and societal welfare and arguably, the future of democracy itself, thus depend on being able to regulate and make accountable the algorithm society. In particular a major current question is if a right to explanation of what an algorithm has decided exists in data protection law?
After introductory talks on law, policy and technology , the afternoon session discuss possible remedies to the problems of algorithmic governance in particular domain areas. These included
- price discrimination
- access to political speech on social networks ( the "fake news" and "filter bubble " problems)
- search engine algorithms
Remedies examined were drawn from inter alia, EU data protection law, competition law, broadcasting and media law and journalistic ethics.
The next step will be to consider what avenues of research arising to pursues in future collaborative grants.
1230 hours Coffee, tea and biscuitsINTRODUCTIONS: POLICY, LAW, TECHNOLOGY
Michael Veale, UCL
1335 hours Law and algorithmic governance —some war stories and some solutions?
Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde
Ansgar Koene, Horizon/Edinburgh/Oxford Unbias People
1440 hours Questions
1450 hours Coffee , tea and afternoon cakesTYPES OF ALGORITHMIC GOVERNANCE AND POSSIBLE REMEDIES
1505 hours Algorithms, media governance and political disinformation
Lorna Woods, Essex
Rachel Craufurd –Smith, Edinburgh
Freddie Zuiderveen Borgesius, IViR (NL) John Gannon, Leeds
1625 hours Algorithms and search engines
Thomas Hoppner, Partner at Hausfeld & Professor of Law at TH Wildau
1645 hours Questions
1700 hours Panel—Conclusions and next steps
(Chair) Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde
Derek McAuley, Horizon, Nottingham University
Trevor Callaghan, Lead Counsel, Deep Mind
James Stewart, ISSTI, University of Edinburgh