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Friday, May 18 • 14:30 - 15:45
Algorithmic transparency: why is it important and how can it be achieved?

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In the 21st century, algorithms are everywhere. Virtually all computational devices ranging from simple calculators to industrial supercomputers are powered at the back-end by layers of interacting algorithms. With the explosive growth of technology, algorithms too have come to perform increasingly complex roles in society. Algorithms have already made big strides in data analysis, serving a number of highly specialized functions such as building detailed user profiles and displaying targeted advertisements. As technologies like predictive policing and autonomous cars transition out of the realm of science-fiction, algorithms are set to permeate society in even bigger ways, bringing up a new range of opportunities and challenges.
This 75 minute panel discussion will bring together a group of experts to discuss some pertinent issues involved in algorithmic regulation, chiefly whether transparency would in fact lead to better privacy. The panel will also weigh the commercial interest in keeping algorithms closed against the public interest in disclosing them, and discuss more specific issues like whether disclosures would necessarily have to be in computer code. The issue of liability in case of malfunctioning algorithms will also be taken up. During the first 5 minutes of the session, the moderator will introduce the topic and the panelists, after which each panelist will present their views for 8 to 10 minutes each. This will be followed by a round of questions from the moderator to the panel, and the remaining time will be reserved for interactions with the audience.

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avatar for Matt Chessen

Matt Chessen

Senior Technology Policy Adviser, US Department of State
Matt Chessen is a career U.S. diplomat, technologist and author who is serving as the Senior Technology Policy Adviser in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. He currently focuses on strategy and policy for artificial intelligence and countering... Read More →
avatar for Frederike Kaltheuner

Frederike Kaltheuner

Data Exploitation Lead, Policy Officer, Privacy International
Hi! I work for Privacy International in London where I'm leading our work on data exploitation. We're a team of technologists, policy experts, lawyers and investigators advocating for strong regional, national and international laws that protect privacy. We work on policing tech... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Malcolm

Jeremy Malcolm

Senior Global Policy Analyst, EFF


Friday May 18, 2018 14:30 - 15:45
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