The Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group (AFOG) is made up of UC Berkeley faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at UC Berkeley. It is housed at Berkeley’s School of Information.
We aim to develop new ideas, research directions, and policy recommendations around issues of fairness, transparency, interpretability, and accountability in algorithms and algorithm-based systems. These issues require attention from more than just engineers and technologists, as they are playing out in domains of longstanding interest to social scientists and scholars of media, law, and policy, including social equality, civil rights, labor and automation, and the evolution of the news media.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to our research, with AFOG members based at Berkeley’s School of Information, Boalt Hall School of Law, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), Sociology, and Anthropology, the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS), the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS), and the Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP). AFOG is supported by UC Berkeley’s School of Information and a gift from Google Trust and Safety.
We meet several times per month at the School of Information for informal discussions, presentations, and workshops. We also host a speaker series that brings experts from academia and the technology industry to UC Berkeley to give public talks and take part in interdisciplinary conversations.
Research questions that we address include: