An Introduction and Overview Published in Nature

A feature story in the journal Nature introduces “algorithm auditing” and describes the work of members of our research network.

“Algorithms generally exacerbate problems when they are ‘closed loops that are not open for algorithmic auditing, for review, or for public debate,'” says Kate Crawford of the AI Now institute. She continues: “What concerns me most is the idea that we’re coming up with systems that are supposed to ameliorate problems [but] that might end up exacerbating them.” The article describes an “active community of researchers who are trying to develop methods to audit these kinds of systems from the outside.”

An audio version is also available (9.6 MB download).