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Public Sector Equality Duty and bias in algorithms

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In our recently published review into bias in algorithmic decision-making, we explored the regulatory context in which algorithmic decisions take place, which includes equality law, human rights law, discrimination law and sector specific regulations.  The main piece of legislation that …

An overview of the CDEI's review into bias in algorithmic decision-making

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This report draws together the findings and recommendations from a broad range of work. We have focused on the use of algorithms in significant decisions about individuals, looking across four sectors (recruitment, financial services, policing and local government), and making cross-cutting recommendations that aim to help build the right systems so that algorithms improve, rather than worsen, decision-making.

September release: COVID-19 repository

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Almost all (13 of 16) of this month’s entries were related to healthcare, with the majority of those specifically looking at use-cases in hospitals. Given that the UK faces an ongoing public health crisis and is entering a second-wave of coronavirus infections, it is not surprising that these use-cases are the most prevalent at this time. 

August release: COVID-19 repository 

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The number of brand new use-cases that we are seeing each month has seen a downturn since we began compiling the COVID-19 repository, although we are continuing to find further examples of the existing entries that we have been tracking, indicating that existing use-cases are being adopted more widely. 

Surveying the landscape: COVID-19 repository

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Although there are a number of entirely new uses of data and AI, approximately half of our April database relates to extension or pivots of existing activity to a new context, or a new synthesis of existing data sources. We would expect to see an increase in novel use-cases as time goes on, after further development and testing time. 

Public attitudes on the fair use of data and algorithms in finance

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Financial companies are increasingly using complex algorithms to make decisions regarding loans or insurance - algorithms that look for patterns in data which are associated with risks of default or high insurance claims. This raises risks of bias and discrimination …