2018 AFOG Summer Workshop

Theme: “Algorithms are Opaque and Unfair. Now What?”

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Location: South Hall, School of Information, UC Berkeley

Scholars, watchdogs, journalists, and industry researchers have shown that algorithms and algorithmic systems can be susceptible to claims of unfairness, bias, and opacity, among other things. Where do we go from here?

On June 15, 2018, the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group (AFOG) held a summer workshop with the theme, “Algorithms are Opaque and Unfair: Now What?” The event was organized by Berkeley I School Professors (and AFOG co-directors) Jenna Burrell and Deirdre Mulligan and AFOG postdoc Daniel Kluttz, and Allison Woodruff and Jen Gennai from Google. The workshop was generously co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Information and Google Trust and Safety.

Our interdisciplinary group of 40 participants came from a diverse set of universities and organizations, including Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook Research, Google, the MITRE Corporation, New America, Sciences Po, Stanford University, Uber, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Please read our “Report from the First AFOG Summer Workshop,” which includes an overview and general themes that emerged from the event as well as detailed write-ups for each panel. These write-ups synthesize and extend panel discussions in ways we hope will stimulate future research and spur collaboration among stakeholders with diverse interests and backgrounds. We intend for these documents to inform an audience of researchers, implementers, practitioners, and policy-makers.

Read our post-workshop report here


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