Who sets the agenda on algorithmic accountability?

A discussion on algorithmic accountability and transparency is missing from Europe’s digital economy framework. Citizens need assurances that machines are treating them fairly, writes Liisa Jaakonsaari. Liisa Jaakonsaari is a Finlands Socialdemokratiska Parti MEP (S&D), a member of the IMCO Committee and the author of a Pilot Project on algorithmic transparency. Algorithms are the fundamental, invisible building blocks of our digital societies. However, there is currently no legislation, best practice or guidance on algorithmic accountability or transparency. A dialogue among tech companies, consumers and regulators is urgently needed not only in Europe, but globally, to ensure that algorithms are audited and that citizens’ rights are safeguarded. The digital landscape is changing rapidly with the rise of powerful computers, machine learning and big data. Intelligent self-learning algorithms, often referred to as…

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