Blog: On Algorithms, Ethics and Tech

Commentary: UNESCO Launches Global Consultation on AI Ethics via Computer Weekly

According to Gemma Galdon Clavell, CEO and founder of Barcelona-based algorithmic auditing consultancy Eticas, “many AI early adopters… recognise the risks of AI systems – from unintended bias to explainability – and they are interested in adopting specific steps to help mitigate those risks”. She added: “Unfortunately, even the most savvy adopters don’t know how. […]

A Primer on Facial Recognition Technology

What is facial recognition technology? Over the past few years, facial recognition technologies have benefitted from access to big data, computing power and the advancement of machine learning algorithms. Facial recognition technology enables the automatic identification and detection of an individual by matching two or more faces from digital images. It does this by creating […]

Timeline of Biased Algorithms

Currently, algorithmic development prioritizes corporate stakeholders, company goals, profitability or efficiency, rather than a technology’s impact on individuals it may eventually affect (i.e. individuals who have applied for a loan or a job). As a result, at first glance, it appears that the algorithm is “functioning as expected.” What’s even more alarming is that algorithms […]

Feature: Auditing for Algorithmic Discrimination via Computer Weekly

.@gemmagaldon adds that many companies have started to view consumer trust as a competitive advantage, & are changing their ways when it comes to developing algorithms w/ social impacts. #ai #ml #techethics #datascience #iot #bigdata #dataprotection Tweet Although awareness of algorithms and their potential for discrimination have increased significantly over the past five years, Gemma […]

How to Launch with Ethics by Design

1. Conduct a Risk Assessment Have a risk assessment that includes a close examination of social impact. Ensure that your assessment is made public. That way, once you’ve launched, you’re able to say that you’ve identified the risks and have addressed them to the best of your ability. You don’t want to fix privacy and […]

Manufacturing Crime with an App

In this extended interview with Gemma Galdon Clavell, she talks about policing as they relate to social media platforms and how tech amplifies social dynamics.  How Tech Facilitates Communication Between the Police and the Public Q: With Black Lives Matters protests and this current news moment, we’re looking at every intersection of society and how […]

Easy to Train an Algorithm to Not Discriminate Against Women

Yes, it’s true, it’s very easy (for us) to train an algorithm to not discriminate against women. It’s also possible to ensure that ethical artificial intelligence can be your competitive advantage.  If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on developing ethical tech, listen to the latest conversation Gemma Galdon Clavell had with Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary-General […]

Conversation: How to Ensure Trustworthy AI will be a Competitive Advantage

.@gemmagaldon: “It’s very easy to train an algorithm to not discriminate against women, but someone needs to do it.” #machinelearning #ArtificialIntelligence #BigData #CyberSecurity #gdpr #biometrics #Apps #DIGITALSMELive Tweet (Audio edited for length and clarity) Speakers – George Sharkov, Adviser to the Minister of Defense and Director at European SoftwareInstitute CEE – Josianne Cutajar, Member of European […]

What is an Algorithm: Framing the Issue

Algorithms work in ways that are often unknown, even to their own developers. #artificialintelligence #machinelearning #ethics Tweet Algorithms are diverse and have many different functions. In computer science terms, an algorithm is an abstract, formalized description of a computational procedure.  Algorithms vary in their analytic characteristics, such as how their mean-time or best-time performance varies […]

Algorithms are Social Constructs

Algorithms are social constructs as much as mathematical calculations. As with any other technology, they capture and reproduce social dynamics, but these social dynamics often become entangled in obscure technical debates. #artificialintelligence #bigdata Tweet Our embrace of data-driven services such as artificial intelligence and machine learning will have an unprecedented impact on our present and future. […]

What to Look for When Buying an Algorithm

You’re in the C-suite and you’ve been approached by many #AI vendors promising that their #algorithm can streamline, optimize and revolutionize your business. But what’s the right strategy? #leadership #csuite #CEO Tweet You’re in the C-suite and you’ve been approached by many AI vendors promising that their AI-based algorithm can streamline, optimize and revolutionize your […]

The Misnomer of Learning: Algorithms and Black Lives Matter

Machine-powered #algorithms are not going through the painful, rigorous intellectual discomfort that real humans undergo when actual learning actually takes place. #BlackLivesMatter #privacy Tweet From apps to algorithms, emerging technologies can reinforce white supremacy and amplify social inequities. As of late, automated decision-making systems are marketed as revolutionary machine learning systems that improve and produce […]

Interview: We are the Product

To switch from one technology to another, you usually have to make a new investment. Many are held hostage bc of a technological decision made yrs ago w/ companies that no longer provide updates or don’t allow them to adapt to new tech. Tweet COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of protecting our privacy rights. Can […]

Three Privacy Risks in Community Policing

The CRM, app or AI that help corporations require a different approach when policing. Law enforcement needs vetted technology that understands impact, law, have trust, oversight as well as transparency. Gemma Galdon Clavell, PhD Tweet Despite the authoritative nature of policing, they are still required to abide by privacy and data protection laws. It’s especially […]

Event: Auditing Tech @ AllWomen.Tech

Data ethics and algorithmic accountability do not limit innovation, they allow it to thrive in ways that are impactful but also respectful of societal expectations. Non-ethical tech is just lazy tech. Gemma Galdon Clavell, PhD Tweet Gemma Galdon Clavell recently spoke at one of allWomen’s Friday Night talks with a comprehensive overview of why ethical […]

Event: European Innovation & Research Excellence

From left: Gemma Galdon Clavell (Eticas CEO), Ciara Judge (co-founder of Germinaid Innovators), Martin Kern (Interim Director of European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and Siim Sikkut (Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information System) In 2017, The Estonian Research Council and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research organized the “European Research Excellence […]