The Ethics of Algorithmic Decision-Making in Democratic Institutions

November 22, 2019 - November 23, 2019
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Marx Hall
Princeton 08544
United States

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Princeton University
University of Arizona
New York University
York University
York University
London School of Economics
Princeton University


Princeton University

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The normative implications of algorithmic decision-making are currently generating lively debate in multiple academic disciplines, such as applied ethics and computer science (especially in the emerging subdiscipline of FAT*ML: fairness, accountability and transparency in machine learning). By contrast, political philosophers—including democratic theorists— have engaged with the subject of algorithmic decision-making much less. This is surprising, given that algorithmic tools, as they are used here and now, seem to raise complex new questions for long-standing debates in political philosophy: on equality, justice, discrimination, autonomy, accountability, responsibility, and power. As democratic institutions themselves increasingly rely on algorithmic tools in criminal justice, in law enforcement, and in decision-making about the allocation of resources and benefits, these questions become even more pressing. This workshop aims to bring together political philosophers interested in exploring the democratic implications of algorithmic tools.

Organizer: Dr Annette Zimmermann, Princeton University.

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November 16, 2019, 7:00pm EST

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