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Fairness, Accountability & Transparency (F.Acc.T) under GDPR

November 9, 2020

  Why the need for Regulation? Algorithmic decisions are already crucially affecting our lives. The last few year, news like the ones listed below are becoming more and more common: – “There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks”, 2016 [source: ProPublica]. – “Amazon reportedly scraps internal AI […]

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Is Twitter biased against BIPOC? Maybe it’s not what you think it is.

October 2, 2020

The controversy Twitter was in the headlines recently for apparent racial bias in the photo preview of some tweets. More specifically, Twitter’s machine learning algorithm that selects which part of an image to show in a photo preview favors showing the faces of white people over black people. For example the following tweet, contains an […]

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AI | What CEOs, Boards, and Investors Must Keep Top of Mind

November 13, 2019

Human rights defenders across the world are fighting facial recognition surveillance  Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm Viral Tweet About Apple Card Leads to Goldman Sachs Probe Google using dubious tactics to target people with ‘darker skin’ in facial recognition project: sources It’s time we faced up to AI’s race problem Tell HUD: Algorithms […]

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Using explanations for finding bias in black-box models

October 3, 2019

The need to shed light on black box models There is no doubt, that machine learning (ML) models are being used for solving several business and even social problems. Every year, ML algorithms are getting more accurate, more innovative and consequently, more applicable to a wider range of applications. From detecting cancer   to banking and […]

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Ethos 1.0, or the need to build software with intrinsic human values

November 7, 2018

The Black Box Society book was a source of inspiration for this article (among others). For the last 14 years I have been conducting research and then practicising consultancy on software quality matters. I was merely trying to find answers to questions like: What defines good software? How can we measure it? How can we make […]

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On Algorithm Accountability: Can we control what we can’t exactly measure?

May 11, 2018

During the last months, I spent (quality) time with people of diverse backgrounds and roles; from executives in the banking sector, founders of health or tech startups and translators to name a few, discussing the impact of technology and algorithmic decision making on their daily work. Not surprisingly the gravity of the deducted decisions as […]

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The most valuable tip towards writing highly legible code

As programmers/coders we all have to revisit/review/debug our own code as well as others’. Some times the code can be as large as thousands of LoC (=Lines of Code)! Large projects have a large overhead on understanding, before someone is able to add new functionality or fix a bug! Even my own projects seem somewhat […]

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