Holding algorithms accountable

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Nicholas Diakopoulos of Northwestern University
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon D
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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

  • 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.

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