Screening & Scoring

  • Public Benefits, Private Vendors: How Private Companies Help Run our Welfare Programs

    If you’ve been following EPIC’s work on the algorithms used in public benefits programs, you may have caught something unusual: although we talk about public welfare programs, most of the systems we’ve uncovered are developed by private companies. That isn’t a coincidence. While a few state agencies have developed their own technical systems for public benefits programs, a large and growing number of states have chosen to outsource the technological systems undergirding public benefits programs to private vendors who promise accuracy, efficiency, and cost-savings. In reality, EPIC’s research suggests the opposite: many vendor systems are costly, prone to bias and error, and developed without considering agencies’ unique needs.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government AI Use

    • Open Government

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Analysis

  • EPIC Urges GSA to Prevent Privacy Harms from New Fraud Prevention Tools on Login.gov

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Data Protection

    • Government Databases

    • Government Records & Privacy

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Comments: Modified System of Records Notice for Login.gov

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Data Protection

    • Government AI Use

    • Government Databases

    • Government Records & Privacy

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • APA Comments

  • ITEM 10: How a Small Legal Aid Team Took on Algorithmic Black Boxing at Their State’s Employment Agency (And Won)

    In June 2022, Legal Aid of Arkansas won a significant victory in their ongoing work to compel Arkansas’ employment agency to disclose crucial details about how it uses automated decision-making systems to detect and adjudicate fraud. In August, I spoke with Legal Aid of Arkansas Senior Associate Attorney Trevor Hawkins and Director of Advocacy Kevin De Liban about what the decision means for unemployed workers and algorithmic transparency.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Open Government

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Analysis

  • New EPIC Report Reveals Extensive Use of Automated Scoring and Screening in the District of Columbia

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Commercial AI Use

    • Government AI Use

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Reports

  • Screened & Scored in D.C.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Screening & Scoring

  • Screened and Scored in D.C.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Publications

  • What’s in a name? A survey of strong regulatory definitions of automated decision-making systems

    With regulation and enforcement starting to take shape over AI and automated decision-making systems, it’s essential that we understand and build common definition(s) that can protect individuals today and in the future. EPIC believes an expansive definition of AI and automated decision-making is critical.

    • AI in the Criminal Justice System

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Commercial AI Use

    • Government AI Use

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Analysis

  • AI Bill of Rights Provides Actionable Instructions for Companies, Agencies, and Legislators

    Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a “Blueprint” for an “AI Bill of Rights.”The five major principles are Safe and Effective Systems; Freedom from Algorithmic Discrimination; Data Privacy; Notice and Explanation; Human Alternatives, Consideration, and Fallback. EPIC published an Op-Ed in Protocol outlining specifically how the White House can act to enact the principles from the blueprint.

    • AI in the Criminal Justice System

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Commercial AI Use

    • Government AI Use

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Analysis

  • White House Releases Long-Awaited “AI Bill of Rights” Document

    • AI in the Criminal Justice System

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Commercial AI Use

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Government AI Use

    • Privacy Laws

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Updates