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UnBias Fairness Toolkit Workshop


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A preview of the UnBias Fairness Toolkit, a civic thinking tool promoting awareness of algorithmic bias for young people and means to stimulate a public civic dialogue.

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UnBias Fairness Toolkit Workshop

  1. 1. UNBIAS FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Giles Lane March 2018 1
  2. 2. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT 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. 2
  3. 3. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT It has been co-designed with participation from young people (aged12-17) in two schools: • 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. 3
  4. 4. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Civic Thinking? 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. 4
  5. 5. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT 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. 5
  6. 6. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT The Toolkit consist of 3 main parts: • Awareness Cards • TrustScape • MetaMap plus a Handbook, Value Perception worksheets, Sketches & Keywords 6
  7. 7. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Handbook 7
  8. 8. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Awareness Cards 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. 8
  9. 9. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Eight Suits of cards: • Glossary • Example • Rights • Values • Factors • Data • Process • Exercise 9
  10. 10. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT TrustScape 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 trustworthy. 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. 11
  11. 11. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT 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. 13
  12. 12. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT MetaMap A poster for stakeholders in the ICT industry, policymaking, regulation, public sector and research to respond to the young people’s TrustScapes. 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. 16
  13. 13. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Public Civic Dialogue 18
  14. 14. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT Value Perception Worksheet The toolkit also includes worksheets for Participants and Stakeholders to critically assess and evaluate the value of participation. 19
  15. 15. FAIRNESS TOOLKIT for more information visit: 22