AI is everywhere: algorithms navigate us, run Uber’s dispatcher, help judges make decisions and make governments smarter. It’s time for investigative journalists to step back from the hype and hold tech giants and governments accountable for algorithmic systems influencing society.
This panel will discuss current examples of algorithmic accountability reporting, its conundrums, and how newsrooms can step up to investigate algorithms. The speakers will describe several investigations of algorithms they have worked on, including the credit scoring algorithm in Germany and the news ranking algorithms of Google and Apple. Attendees will gain insights from these case studies and come away with practical advice for doing work on the algorithms beat.