Data & Society – Points: Algorithms’ Transparency Problem is Everyone’s Problem

May 10, 2023

As algorithmic harm is becoming more well publicized and understood, and regulations begin to grant long-needed consumer rights, mandated meaningful algorithmic transparency is a necessary step — but it is only the first step. There must be constant pressure on legislators to enact laws with privacy and algorithmic protections, as well as enforcers to protect consumers against rampant unfair and deceptive practices. The human decision-makers who are essential to the process of inflicting algorithmic harm must be known, and they must disclose the decisions they are making. Because it is ultimately people who are responsible for algorithms’ transparency problem, it will be people who are key to resolving it.

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