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Report

The role of AI in addressing misinformation on social media platforms

The CDEI has published this report on the role of AI in addressing misinformation on social media platforms, which details the findings from an expert forum it convened last year, with representatives from platforms, fact-checking organisations, media groups, and academia.
Report

Assembling accountability: Algorithmic Impact Assessment for the public interest

The Algorithmic Impact Assessment (AIA) is a new concept for regulating algorithmic systems and protecting the public interest. This report maps the challenges of constructing AIAs and provides a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of current and proposed AIA regimes.
Report

Unregulated and segmented dark ads on social media: consumer education and regulatory options

This project develops a model for providing accountability for 'dark ads' on Australia’s most popular social media platform, Facebook. By showing what accountability looks like, the research reminds us just how dramatically the online advertising environment has shifted.
Report

The constant boss: work under digital surveillance

This report argues that policy-makers must build robust data protections that empower workers, not just consumers, and also broaden their understanding of algorithmic harms beyond bias and discrimination.
Report

Digital barriers to economic justice in the wake of COVID-19

This report identifies three major digital barriers to economic justice arising from the COVID-19 pandemic—the collapse of benefits automation, expanded workplace and school surveillance, and the digital profiling of economic distress. The report uses a data justice framework to suggest how policy-makers might mitigate the...
Report

Review into bias in algorithmic decision-making: final report

This review focused on the use of algorithms in significant decisions about individuals. The review looks at the use of algorithmic decision-making in four sectors (policing, local government, financial services and recruitment) and makes cross-cutting recommendations that aim to help build the right systems so...
Technical report

Using artificial intelligence to make decisions: addressing the problem of algorithmic bias

This report explores how the problem of algorithmic bias can arise in decision making that uses artificial intelligence (AI). This problem can produce unfair and potentially unlawful decisions.
Report

Digital government during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is the most significant crisis governments have faced in generations. Digital technology has helped the UK government to manage many of the issues, and has enabled a more effective response than would have been otherwise possible. This report assesses the factors that...
Policy report

The flipside of China’s central bank digital currency

China’s central bank digital currency, known as ‘DC/EP’ (digital currency/electronic payment), is rapidly progressing and, if successful, will have major international implications that have not yet been widely considered by policymakers.
Guide

Poverty lawgorithms

Automated decision-making systems make decisions about our lives, and those with low-socioeconomic status often bear the brunt of the harms these decisions cause. This guide explains automated decision-making systems so lawyers can better identify the source of their clients' problems and advocate on their behalf.
Strategy

Algorithm charter for Aotearoa New Zealand

This Charter is a commitment by government agencies to carefully manage how algorithms will be used to strike the right balance between privacy and transparency, prevent unintended bias and reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Policy report

Algorithm charter

The Minister of Statistics has launched a draft Algorithm charter that commits government agencies to improving transparency and accountability in their use of algorithms over the next five years. This is a response to the recommendations from the Algorithm assessment report in 2018.
Briefing paper

Data analytics and algorithmic bias in policing

This paper summarises the use of analytics and algorithms for policing within England and Wales, and explores different types of bias that can arise during the product lifecycle. The findings are based on in-depth consultation with police forces, civil society organisations, academics and legal experts.
Commentary

AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits

Specialist machine learning and narrow AI could help us to start removing the “four Ds” - dirty, dull, difficult, dangerous - from our daily work.
Report

Government use of artificial intelligence in New Zealand

This report was prepared as part of the New Zealand Law Foundation-funded project: Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand. The overall focus of the report is on the regulatory issues surrounding uses of AI in New Zealand.
Report

Advancing racial literacy in tech

This paper moves past conversations of implicit bias to think about racism in tech at a systems-level. The authors offer strategies grounded in intellectual understanding, emotional intelligence, and a commitment to take action.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison said hate content on social media could be automatically screened out by algorithms. Is he correct?

The Federal Government has put social media companies on notice after the Christchurch massacre for failing to prevent the shooter's actions being broadcast and promoted online. But can algorithms automatically block hate content, as the Prime Minister cl
Report

Digital self-control: algorithms, accountability, and our digital selves

As algorithms enter increasingly sensitive areas of our lives, we need to have meaningful accountability for those who create and deploy algorithmic decision systems, especially in areas where decisions have a significant impact on individuals.
Report

Help wanted: an examination of hiring algorithms, equity, and bias

This report explores how predictive tools affect equity throughout the entire hiring process. It examines some popular tools that many employers currently use, and offers recommendations for further scrutiny and reflection. It concludes that without active measures to mitigate them, bias will arise in predictive...
Report

Algorithmic accountability: a primer

Algorithmic decision-making is becoming more common every day. Increasingly, important decisions that affect people’s lives are governed by datasets that are too big for an individual to process.
Guide

Artificial Intelligence primer

Members of the Victorian Parliament have established an All-Party Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn more about this technology and the impacts it will have on Victorians in the future. This primer provides a basic explanation of some of the key issues surrounding AI.
Report

Public scrutiny of automated decisions: early lessons and emerging methods

Automated decisions are increasingly part of everyday life, but how can the public scrutinize, understand, and govern them? This report maps out the landscape, providing practical examples and a framework to think about what has worked.
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Mixed messages? The limits of automated social media content analysis

This paper explains the capabilities and limitations of tools for analysing the text of social media posts and other online content. It is intended to help policymakers understand and evaluate available tools and the potential consequences of using them to carry out government policies.
Report

Code-dependent: Pros and cons of the algorithm age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could...
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Machines that learn in the wild: machine learning capabilities, limitations and implications

This short report comes out of a workshop exploring the capabilities and limitations of machine learning algorithms. Rather than a complete resource looking at the specific capabilities of different algorithms, this report is an introduction to some of the current capabilities and limitations in the...