New event series: Politics, Policy and the Algorithm – how automated decision-making is shaping our lives

We’ve launched a new series of three public events where local, national and international experts will delve into some of the huge questions we must ask ourselves in a world that’s increasingly data-driven.

Algorithms and automated decision-making have been with us for years, especially in industrial systems where a condition can be met with a predetermined response.

Computers are very good at handling these tasks, where the parameters are coded and the outputs of those processes often manifest themselves physically – an aircraft maintains altitude, a biscuit achieves consistent taste, an emergency pumping station pumps water.

But more and more automated decisions are being used to manage social issues, where the output of algorithms can determine if someone gets a home, the right grades or a visa.

  • Can we trust automated decision-making systems to make the right decisions?
  • How can we ensure that they are doing what they have been designed to do?
  • What is the place of these processes in times of crisis?

As part of the ongoing development of the Declaration for Responsible and Intelligent Data Practice, ODM presents Politics, Policy and the Algorithm, a series of discussions that will explore these questions, and more, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm (GMT) on:

  • Policy and service delivery – 23 February
  • Bias, design and implementation – 2 March
  • Scrutiny and accountability – 23 March

Full line up and speakers to be announced shortly. Book here.