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What is the Ethical Algorithm and Can It Make the Internet Fairer?

October 27, 2020

Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. They have made our lives more efficient, more entertaining, and, sometimes, better informed. At the same time, complex algorithms are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens.

The AT&T Policy Forum hosted a virtual fireside chat, led by Ina Fried, Chief Technology Correspondent at AXIOS, with Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, Professors of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, and co-authors of The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithmic Design, to learn about their work on the front lines. The authors explained how we can better embed human principles into algorithms without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.

Read Professor Kearns’ paper “Data Intimacy, Machine Learning, and Consumer Privacy.

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