technical democracy

Algorithms can decide your marks, your work prospects and your financial security. How do you know they’re fair?

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make decisions that have a lasting impact on our current and future lives. There is a growing public awareness that algorithms, especially those used in forms of artificial intelligence, need to be understood as raising issues of fairness. But while everyone may have a vernacular understanding of what is fair or unfair, when algorithms are used numerous trade-offs are involved.

Learning About Data and Fairness

In a project led by Kalervo Gulson (USyd), centre members are collaborating with the Gradient Institute and ANU’s Claire Benn to co-design an ‘algorithm game’ intending to explore issues around fairness and data, using the case study of the 2020 UK Exams Algorithm Controversy.