Algorithmic accountability: Case studies from the field

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Nicholas Diakopoulos of Northwestern University; Jennifer Stark of University of Maryland; Jeff Larson of The Markup
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Algorithms are everywhere in industry and government, making decisions that impact people’s lives through everything from discrimination and censorship to voting and democracy itself. Algorithmic accountability reporting is an emerging set of methods for investigating how algorithms exert influence and power in society. In this session we’ll detail concrete investigations in this domain that are underway or have been published already. Strategies, methods, and techniques for pursuing algorithmic accountability reporting will be discussed.

Speaker Bios

  • Nick Diakopoulos is a Professor of Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He studies automation and algorithms as they impact news media including aspects of journalistic data mining, automated content production, news bots, and algorithmic accountability. He is author of "Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media" from Harvard University Press, and co-editor of "Data-Driven Storytelling" from CRC Press.

  • Jeff Larson is the managing editor of The Markup a non profit investigative news organization illuminating how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact people and society. He is a Peabody Award winner, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and past recipient of a Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He previously worked at ProPublica and The Nation.

  • Jennifer is a Computational Journalist examining algorithmic accountability and transparency. Discovering a love for Python, data, visualization and storytelling, she earned a Master’s in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Certificate in Data Science from General Assembly. Previously, Jennifer was a Neuroscience postdoctoral researcher at the NIH. @_JAStark

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