Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms (I1)

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 18, 2017: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Coordinator/Moderator: June Liebert, Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Tracks: Information Technology; Reference, Research & Client Services

Mapping tools tell us how to avoid traffic jams. Facebook suggests new “friends” for us. LinkedIn helps recruiters identify candidates. Key to all of these features are algorithms—specialized sets of computer instructions designed to solve problems. These algorithms help companies both large and small make decisions about which ads to post, who to insure, what rates to charge, and much more. They may seem benign and unbiased, but some research has shown otherwise. As we become an increasingly data-driven society, how can we be certain that these algorithms are behaving in a way that is accurate, appropriate, and fair? Join Professor Howard Rosenbaum from Indiana’s School of Informatics and Computing for a lively discussion about algorithmic accountability and what it means for our data-driven future.

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