Holding Algorithms Accountable

December 7, 2017
2:50pm - 4:00pm
Tisch 304
Host: Susan Landau


In this talk, mathematician, data scientist and author Cathy O'Neil will outline the kinds of problems we face with powerful, opaque, and unfair algorithms being deployed against workers, consumers, and citizens. She will talk about the technical approaches we could take to addressing the problems, with existing examples of algorithmic auditing as well existing holes in the literature. She will also discuss what kind of inquiry could or should take place in academia versus industry or Washington D.C..