The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are excited to announce a joint Distinguished Speaker Series on Ethics and Policy of Big Data, AI and other Emerging Technologies
Our first speaker will be:
February 7, 2018 -- Jeanna Matthews, Clarkson University - Algorithms, Platforms and our Social Context
Big-data-trained algorithms are increasingly used to make big decisions about people’s lives, such as who gets loans, whose resumes are reviewed by humans for possible employment, and even the length of prison terms. Algorithmically moderated platforms are making profound impacts on our personal and public relationships such as how we find a job, how we get our news, even how we find a spouse. To build the world we want, we need algorithms and platforms to be accountable and transparent, In this talk, I will illustrate the problem as well as key principles for achieving algorithmic accountability and transparency including awareness, access and redress, accountability, explanation, data provenance, auditability, validation and testing, I will also discuss the real challenges – technical and societal – to realizing these principles in practice as well as some promising research that is advancing our ability to do so.