Under the right circumstances, algorithms can be more transparent than human decision-making, and even can be used to develop a more equitable society.How Making Algorithms Transparent Can Promote Equity
Paper Discrimination in the Age of Algorithms
The law forbids discrimination. But the ambiguity of human decision-making often makes it hard for the legal system to know whether anyone has discriminated. To understand how algorithms affect discrimination, we must understand how they affect the detection of discrimination. With the appropriate requirements in place, algorithms create the potential for new forms of transparency and hence opportunities to detect discrimination that are otherwise unavailable. The specificity of algorithms also makes transparent tradeoffs among competing values. This implies algorithms are not only a threat to be regulated; with the right safeguards, they can be a potential positive force for equity.
Published in: Journal of Legal Analysis
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