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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Auditing Algorithms

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This panel will convene experts from different fields to explore models of accountability and oversight for the use of algorithms in automated decision systems that impact social and criminal justice. The panel will bring together people from the technology community, academia, legal practitioners, and the government who have called for algorithmic accountability and assess practical approaches to auditing algorithms. The panel will address the difficulty that policymakers and courts have in understanding the roles played by algorithms in government functions, as well as the unique hurdles involved in ensuring that they are functioning in a manner that is accurate, accountable, and fair. Panelists will also evaluate current oversight methods and proposals, including first-of-its-kind legislation in New York City to increase algorithmic transparency, as well as a Massachusetts bill that would require bias-testing and validation for the use of a “risk assessment” tool in criminal proceedings. Finally, the panel will explore options to “fix” errant algorithms and automate parts of the oversight process.

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Michael Price

Senior Litigation Counsel, Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Michael Price serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Fourth Amendment Center at NACDL, which provides the defense bar with resources and litigation support designed to preserve privacy rights in the digital age. Michael focuses on cutting-edge Fourth Amendment issues including... Read More →


Rashida Richardson

AI Now Institute
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Brittny Saunders

Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives, New York City Commission on Human Rights
Brittny Saunders is Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”). At the Commission, Brittny manages key inter-agency partnerships and special projects related to data-driven discrimination and racial justice among others... Read More →
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vincent southerland

Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
He has dedicated his career to advancing racial justice and civil rights. Vincent joined the Center after serving as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York since 2015. Prior to his time at the Federal Defenders, Vincent... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT