The Fairness Toolkit is a civic thinking
tool to promote awareness about how
algorithms shape online experiences
and to reflect on possible changes that
can address issues of online unfairness.
The toolkit is designed to enable
participants and stakeholders to
engage in a public civic dialogue.
It has been co-designed with participation
from young people (aged12-17) in two
• Sir John Laws, Harpenden
• Elizabeth Garret Anderson, Islington
Also with young women (16-22) in Oxford
who take part in a scheme for NEETs (Go
Girls) supported by the county council.
And with stakeholder engagement too.
A mode of critical engagement which
considers more than just the personal,
that sees each of us as participants in
the co-construction of our society.
Offering an alternative to the sense of
isolation and atomisation that personal
technologies often create.
Public Civic Dialogue?
A dialogue that both takes place
in public and which is about the
co-construction of our society,
acknowledging all participants as
actors with a stake and voice.
The Toolkit consist of 3 main parts:
• Awareness Cards
plus a Handbook, Value Perception
worksheets, Sketches & Keywords
A deck of cards designed to help young people
devise and explore scenarios that illustrate how
bias in algorithmic systems can affect them.
A “peer to peer” tool, enabling young people to
collaboratively explore the issues of data privacy
and protection, online safety and social justice to
create compelling stories and scenarios that help
communicate and develop awareness.
Eight Suits of cards:
A poster for young people to visualise their
perceptions the issues of algorithmic bias, data
protection and online safety and what they would
like to see done to make the online world fair and
TrustScapes form the first element in the public civic
dialogue: images will be shared via UnBias website
and social media accounts to articulate young
people’s visions for the future internet and amplify
their voice in the debate on trust and fairness.
Keywords & Sketches
The toolkit includes lots of sketches and keywords as inspiration.
They emerged from our co-design workshops with young
people, as well as wider research by the UnBias team. They
illustrate and describe many of the contemporary themes about
our digital, networked world that affect young people today.
But they are not definitive: there will be many others which
affect specific groups of people and reflect different kinds of
bias than we have identified. TrustScapes are an opportunity to
articulate and share these issues, and seek responses from
stakeholders about what can be done about them.
A poster for stakeholders in the ICT industry,
policymaking, regulation, public sector and
research to respond to the young people’s
MetaMaps will also be shared online via
UnBias social media to enhance the public
civic dialogue, and demonstrate the value of
participation to young people in having their
voice listened and replied to.