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# Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics

Algorithms define the meaning we get from data. Arbitrary decisions are regularly built into our analytics by chosen method, setting parameters, or dealing with missing values. These value judgments are not present in the privacy discussion or business point of view. However, they may be much more important than the more obvious data collection or secure storage.

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### Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics

1. 1. ALGORITHM ETHICS 1 Majken Sander, Joerg Blumtritt @majsander @jbenno
2. 2. 2 def eratosthenes(n): multiples = [] for i in xrange(2, n+1): if i not in multiples: print i for j in xrange(i*i, n+1, i): multiples.append(j) Algorithms
3. 3. 3 Ethics
4. 4. 4 Ethics Value Judgme
5. 5. What you see is… what you expect
6. 6. 8
7. 7. 9
8. 8. 10 ‘Most(ly) true’
9. 9. • no-fly example 11 No flight?
10. 10. LOGIC AI VS. PROBABILISTIC AI 12 Probabilistic is the new logic
11. 11. 13Algorithmic Information
12. 12. 14 Algorithmic Death
13. 13. Algorithmic Self
14. 14. 16 Mistakes like a bounced check or a small overdraft have effectively blacklisted more than a million low-income Americans from the mainstream financial system for as long as seven years as a result of little-known private databases that are used by the nation’s major banks. Algorithmic Valuation
15. 15. 17 The Quantified Self
16. 16. 20
17. 17. 22 Majken Sander @majsander Joerg Blumtritt @jbenno

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• #### cunniet1

Sep. 24, 2018

Algorithms define the meaning we get from data. Arbitrary decisions are regularly built into our analytics by chosen method, setting parameters, or dealing with missing values. These value judgments are not present in the privacy discussion or business point of view. However, they may be much more important than the more obvious data collection or secure storage.

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