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Assessing the AI that assesses us: the work of civil society and research in setting auditing standards for the public sector

European governments are increasingly using algorithms to automate or support decision-making in public services, such as welfare, taxation, health and social care, or law enforcement. From a series of scandals in Europe in recent years, such as the Dutch Toeslagenaffaire scandal, we know that algorithmic systems in public services can cause serious harm to society if their results are automatically taken as objective and if they lack transparency in their implementation. In this sense, civil society and academia are working to increase algorithmic accountability in government by conducting external audits as advocacy practices and working directly with institutions. But how to turn these practices into standards across Europe? How can civil society contribute to the auditing of public algorithms and promote oversight? And what role will the AI Act play?


28 Settembre 2022 ore 15:00 - 31 Agosto 2023 ore 15:30

Diletta Huyskes

Ricercatrice e responsabile Advocacy di Privacy Network

Laureata in Filosofia e dottoranda in Sociologia all’Università degli Studi di Milano con un progetto sul design dell’intelligenza artificiale. Ha lavorato presso la Fondazione Bruno Kessler di Trento come assistente ricercatrice sul tema dell’etica e la protezione dei dati e da due anni è la responsabile Advocacy di Privacy Network, con la quale ha recentemente lanciato l’Osservatorio Amministrazione Automatizzata. È responsabile delle attività di divulgazione di Algocount, un progetto di ricerca della Statale e del Politecnico di Milano per indagare la percezione sugli algoritmi nella società e sul loro ruolo nel formare l’opinione pubblica. Studia l’intelligenza artificiale e le nuove tecnologie da una prospettiva etica e politica, concentrandosi sulle disuguaglianze e l’uso di algoritmi e software per automatizzare i processi decisionali nelle pubbliche amministrazioni.

Gemma Galdon-Clavell

CEO and Founder di Eticas Research and Consulting

Her multidisciplinary background in the social, ethical, and legal impact of data-intensive technology allows her and her team to design and implement practical solutions to data protection, ethics, explainability, and bias challenges in AI. She has conceived and architected the Algorithmic Audit Framework which now serves as the foundation for Eticas flagship product, the Algorithmic Audit. Her academic work has been published in Science and Public Policy, Information Policy, Ethics and Information Technology, Citizen Science Theory and Practice or Urban Studies, and in leading academic publishers such as Routledge, Springer, and Sage. Under Galdon-Clavell’s leadership, Eticas has forged the development of a new market in digital ethics and trustworthy AI, reaching all verticals including social services, healthcare, finance, government, education, cybersecurity, and more. Through the Eticas Foundation, she is also a leading voice in policy circles, having advised international organizations such as the OECD, EU FRA, the UN, or the European Parliament on issues related to applied ethics and responsible AI, and is a tech ethics adviser at international, regional and national public and private organizations. Her contributions combine academic rigor, policy experience, and a commitment to protect people in technology processes by pioneering solutions and services that translate rights and values into technical specifications. She has appeared in Forbes, Computer Weekly, Wired, El País, La Vanguardia, or Cinco Días, and is a sought-after keynote speaker and media contributor with the mission to shift the way we think about technology.

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch

Matthias Spielkamp is founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit advocacy and research organisation focused on consequences of algorithmic decision-making (ADM) on societies. AlgorithmWatch has been awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal 2018 and was nominated for a Grimme Online award in 2019, Germany’s premier award for online journalism. Matthias testified before committees of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the German Bundestag. He is a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) and the editor of the Automating Society Reports.