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Algorithmic Impact Assessments Should Leverage Diverse Expertise and Complex Histories

By Data&Society

July 6, 2021

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Lawmakers, it is said, don't understand technology well enough to regulate it. But why should we expect our lawmakers to become individual experts on every challenge facing society? Advocacy groups, community activists, forensic technologists, thoughtful developers, and critical scholars have devoted their careers to building expertise on these issues.

Given the burgeoning influence of algorithmic systems over social affairs, and an increasing awareness of the harmful impacts of these powerful systems, we are at a moment in which complex sociotechnical systems require robust, adaptable regulation.

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