Items tagged "algorithms"

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The Privacy Debate Reveals How Big Tech’s “Transparency and User Control” Arguments Fall Flat

July 21, 2021 algorithms , Automated Decision-Making , Consent Models , Data Protection , Platform Regulation , Privacy , Privacy Frameworks

If you’ve been following the Capitol Hill hearings about algorithms and automated decision-making, then you’ve probably heard technology companies talk about how they offer or want to offer “transparency and user control” to consumers. Companies like Facebook and Twitter propose sharing information on how their algorithms work with the public, as well as enabling users […]

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Are You Wielding a Discriminatory Algorithm Against Consumers? The FTC Is Coming For You — But It Can’t Act Alone

April 29, 2021 AI , Algorithmic Bias , algorithms , artificial intelligence , FTC

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission released a blog post entitled, “Aiming for Truth, Fairness, and Equity in your company’s use of AI.” It’s making waves. The responsibilities the FTC outlines for companies, like being transparent, non-discriminatory, fair, accurate, and able to explain automated decisions to consumers, were all included in the agency’s blog post […]

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Public Knowledge Urges HUD to Help Consumers Access Data Used in Algorithmic Housing Decisions

October 21, 2019 algorithmic risk assessment , algorithms , artificial intelligence , disparate impact liability , HUD , Non-Discrimination

Last week, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on its proposed changes to civil rights law, specifically disparate impact liability, which would make it more difficult for consumers to access the data they need to appeal housing decisions made by algorithms. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds Rep. Takano for Bill Protecting Criminal Defendants

September 18, 2019 algorithms , artificial intelligence , criminal justice , due process , Intellectual Property

Yesterday, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced the “Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019” to ensure that criminal defendants can access the software source code and other data they need to properly defend themselves and exercise their due process rights.

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