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Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making
The Blog

March 2, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making

This article examines the potential for bias and discrimination in automated algorithmic decision-making. As a group of commentators recently asserted, “[t]he accountability mechanisms and legal standards that govern such decision processes have not kept pace with technology.” Yet this article rejects an approach that depicts every algorithmic process as a “black box” that is inevitably plagued by bias and potential injustice.

New Study: Companies are Increasingly Making Data Accessible to Academic Researchers, but Opportunities Exist for Greater Collaboration
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November 14, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

New Study: Companies are Increasingly Making Data Accessible to Academic Researchers, but Opportunities Exist for Greater Collaboration

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released a new study, Understanding Corporate Data Sharing Decisions: Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sharing Corporate Data with Researchers. In this report, FPF reveals findings from research and interviews with experts in the academic and industry communities. Three main areas are discussed: 1) The extent to which leading companies make data available to support published research that contributes to public knowledge; 2) Why and how companies share data for academic research; and 3) The risks companies perceive to be associated with such sharing, as well as their strategies for mitigating those risks.

Bridging Industry and Academia to Tackle Responsible Research and Privacy Practices
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September 12, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Bridging Industry and Academia to Tackle Responsible Research and Privacy Practices

As more human interactions move online and the amount and variety of information shared digitally continues to grow, decisions regarding the collection, sharing, and use of this data must take into account both ethical and privacy considerations. It is important that industry and academia come together to find joint solutions for making these difficult decisions regarding privacy and ethics to maximize the benefits of data-driven research and practices, while ensuring that harms and negative outcomes are prevented.

Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data
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July 24, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum, Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum, and Daniel Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation authored a paper titled Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data. This paper will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Jules Polonetsky Featured on Modern Workplace
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October 11, 2016 | Melanie E. Bates

Jules Polonetsky Featured on Modern Workplace

On October 11, 2016, FPF’s CEO, Jules Polonetsky, was featured on Modern Workplace for “The Privacy Balance: Staying secure and ethical with your data.” The webinar focused on how to navigate common blind spots in data security and avoid privacy pitfalls. Jules discussed tips for creating an organization that is profitable and ethical.