The Nottingham UnBias team have finished running our Youth Juries and we are delighted to announce the launch of a report ‘Youth Juries- what we learned from you’ – for the children and young people that participated. If you were one of these people- thank you for taking part! We hope that you enjoy reading the report. We would also like to thank our Youth Advisory Group for their thoughtful and constructive insights that helped to design and shape the report.
For a shorter summary of what we did in the Youth Juries and what the team discovered, please keep reading…
On October 1st the UnBias project team will be showcasing the outcomes of our work. We are looking forward to welcoming an audience of 70 stakeholders from research, law, policy, education and industry.
In addition to reporting on our major findings we will also highlight key outputs such as policy guidelines and demonstrate our exciting fairness toolkit. This engaging and interactive event will also include presentations from external speakers and opportunities for networking. Furthermore, we will announce plans for our follow-on project, ReEnTrust, which will identify mechanisms to rebuild and enhance trust in algorithmic systems.
The Fairness Toolkit has been developed for UnBias by Giles Lane and his team at Proboscis, with the input of young people and stakeholders. It is one of our project outputs aiming to promote awareness and stimulate a public civic dialogue about how algorithms shape online experiences and to reflect on possible changes to address issues of online unfairness. The tools are not just for critical thinking, but for civic thinking – supporting a more collective approach to imagining the future as a contrast to the individual atomising effect that such technologies often cause.
As of May 25th 2018 the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018) has taken effect in the UK, supporting and supplementing the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
An important requirement in the DPA2018, going beyond the GDPR, is the inclusion of an Age Appropriate Design Code (section 123 of DPA2018) to provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will expect providers of online ‘Information Society Services’ (ISS), which are likely to be accessed by children, to meet.
I was very pleased to present UnBias’ data at two great recent UK events that addressed children’s safety and wellbeing and children’s rights at: the NSPCC annual conference, ‘How safe are our Children? Growing up online’, 20th-21st June, in London and at the launch of the ‘Children, Rights and Childhood’ event, on 22nd June in Birmingham.
The Nottingham UnBias Team has been working with children aged 3-13 years to help them to learn how the internet works and to reflect on issues of personal information and online filter bubbles, through creating their own “data gardens”. We attended a Family Discovery Day on the 16th June at the University of Nottingham and the STEM Festival at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy on Saturday 23rd June.
We are pleased to announce that UnBias won one of the three 2017 RCUK Digital Economy Theme ‘Telling Tales of Engagement’ awards. The evaluation process for this award considered both the impact of our previous work and a proposed new activity to “tell the story” of our research.
Our submission was titled “building and engaging with multi-stakeholder panels for developing policy recommendations”, highlighting the importance to our research of engaging with our stakeholder panel and with organizations that are shaping the policy and governance space for algorithmic systems.
Hundreds of people attended this free event that offered a very diverse and fun programme with lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations on different topics: life sciences, astronomy, chemistry, physics, psychology, natural history, engineering, etc.
Some of us attended a joint conference of the ECREA (European Communications Research and Education Association) Communication and Media Industries, on the 10th-11th November in Stockholm. About 100 people, mainly academics, researchers from NGOs and media consultants from Europe and the US, took part.
As part of the ESRC Festival of Science the UnBias research team will run two Youth Juries on Saturday 11th of November 2017 at the Nottingham Broadway cinema.
Saturday 11th November
10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00-16:00
UnBias Youth Jury: Who is in charge? You or the algorithm?A youth-led discussion about algorithm fairness.
The UnBias Youth Juries are interactive and participative events to allow young people to reflect, understand and have a say about how the Internet works. Young people will be asked to consider, debate and share ideas about recommender systems like Amazon or search engines like Google or DuckDuckGo.
The UnBias Youth Jury will be highly interactive and it will showcase short video clips and scenarios as a way of sparking debate. It will be fun and engaging, and will allow a space for everyone to share their opinions and experiences.
During the event, participants will be invited to become part of a ‘jury’ that will reflect and offer advice on:
•Algorithms’ fairness and their relevance to the participants
•Filtering information from the Internet – how is it or can be done?
•How participants would like to manage their personal identity
•Youth-lead educational tools and policy recommendations
•Ways of further engaging with young people in thinking about and acting upon algorithm bias.
Participants will be asked to complete a short survey at the beginning and end of each ‘jury’ session.
The event will last 2 hours in total, with time allowed for refreshment breaks.
You will get the chance to add your voice to a high-profile campaign on digital rights, while contributing on the development of educational material that will be available to participants, educators and guardians through the UnBias project (http://unbias.wp.horizon.ac.uk/). Your participation will also contribute to policy recommendations to be presented to the UK minister for internet safety and security.
For more information and registration email Elvira.Perez@Nottingham.ac.uk
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