Governments’ use of automated decision-making systems reflects systemic issues of injustice and inequality

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The phrase “I second the motion” may no longer exist in the future thanks to automated decision-making systems (ADS). ADS was originally made to replace or help humans make decisions so as to cut costs and increase efficiency. But research shows that ADS can be discriminatory or infringe on people’s rights, such as families going bankrupt for being falsely accused of benefit fraud. To help fill the gaps, accountability and transparency is going to be key, such as letting people know that an ADS used their data and challenge wrong assessments. Read full article here

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