For the past two years our UnBias project has been exploring issues around ‘unfairness’ in algorithmic systems. Our research work has identified the existence of concerns across different societal and professional groups over the contemporary prevalence of algorithm driven online platforms. At the same time, we have also identified amongst these groups a desire for change to improve the user experience of platforms. Our analysis highlights several opportunities for positive change – in particular in relation to education, societal engagement and policy.
As the UnBias project draws to a close, we can a report a range of substantial findings. A summary can be downloaded here or watched as a short narrated slideshow below.
You can also find more details about our key findings and outputs here.
From December 2018 our project team will be working on a new project to follow on from UnBias. ReEnTrust will identify mechanisms to foster trust between users, algorithms and platforms.
With Paris playing host to the Paris Peace Forum from 11 to 13 November, the GovTech summit on November 12th, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF2018) from 12 to 14 November, and concluding with a UNESCO/ISOC/Mozilla symposium on November 15th (and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 running simultaneously in Dubai from 29 October to 16 November), the start of November saw a lot a activity relating to Internet (as associated) Governance. For those of us based in the UK, this series of conference was further continued with the UK IGF 2018 on November 22nd.
Reporting on our work towards developing policy recommendation, industry standards and educational resources, UnBias participated in the IGF2018, the UNESCO/ISOC/Mozilla symposium, and UKIGF2018, as well as an informal presentation at the CNIL.
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As part of our ongoing collaboration with the UK England chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-UK England), UnBias will run a workshop on:
Algorithmic awareness building for User Trust in online platforms
Time: Friday, November 30th 2018, 18:00 to 21:00 (UTC), London
Place: Cloudflare offices, 25 Lavington Street, Southwark, London (link to Google Map)
Follow this link to register.
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On October 25th we presented our Science Technology Options Assessment (STOA) report on “a governance framework for algorithmic accountability and transparency” to the Members of the European Parliament and the European Parliament Research Services “Panel for the Future of Science and Technology.
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