Ethics & Automated Decision-Making
The govt has published new guidance in relation to the ethics around automated decision-making:
We need to improve the general literacy of automated or algorithmic decision-making with clear information and practical steps for civil servants and ministers to support the agenda and provide appropriate challenge ...
This 7 point framework will help government departments with the safe, sustainable and ethical use of automated or algorithmic decision-making systems.
Computer Weekly has also published an article on the new framework: UK government publishes framework on automated decision-making
Govt has this week published a ‘pioneering standard for algorithmic transparency’:
The Cabinet Office’s Central Digital and Data Office has developed an algorithmic transparency standard for government departments and public sector bodies with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The standard will be piloted by several public sector organisations and further developed based on feedback
Commenting, Imogen Parker, Associate Director (Policy) at the Ada Lovelace Institute, said:
‘Meaningful transparency in the use of algorithmic tools in the public sector is an essential part of a trustworthy digital public sector. The Ada Lovelace Institute has called for a transparency register of public sector algorithms to allow the public - and civil society who act on their behalf - to know what systems are in use, where and why. The UK government’s investment in developing this transparency standard is an important step towards achieving this objective, and a valuable contribution to the wider conversation on algorithmic accountability in the public sector. We look forward to seeing trials, tests and iterations, followed by government departments and public sector bodies publishing completed standards to support modelling and development of good practice.’