Algorithmic accountability

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Robert Arthur of independent journalist; Robert Brauneis of The George Washington University; Nicholas Diakopoulos of Northwestern University; Karrie Karahalios of University of Illinois
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Algorithms are increasingly used throughout the public and private sectors, making decisions that impact people’s lives in myriad ways. 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 and discuss strategies, methods and techniques for pursuing algorithmic accountability reporting.

Speaker Bios

  • Rob Arthur is a freelance data journalist who covers criminal justice, science, politics, and baseball. He has published articles at FiveThirtyEight, VICE News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other outlets. In a previous life, he earned a PhD in evolutionary genetics from the University of Chicago and worked as a cancer geneticist.

  • Robert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. His teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, trade secrets, algorithmic governance, and constitutional law. With Ellen Goodman, he has written Algorithmic Transparency for the Smart City, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3012499

  • 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.

  • Karrie Karahalios is a Professor of Computer Science & co-director of the Center for People and Infrastructures.She is interested in how people communicate using computer mediated systems, how and why people create communication norms over mediated channel, whether they are remote or co-located. Recently, she has focused on how viewers make sense of social curated feed systems—how they affect relationships,  satisfaction,information gathering,and various layers of trust.

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