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Saturday, June 10 • 15:15 - 16:15
Peeking into the Black Box: how journalists can investigate algorithms

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Automated decision making (ADM) systems, controlled by algorithms, determine whether we get a mortgage, a visa or are security-checked at airports. They determine which of our friends' posts we see on Facebook and what our Google search results look like. It's imperative for journalists to take greater responsibility in holding these systems accountable.

But how can we do it? We'll be discussing the issue with two reporters who broke the most important stories in this field in recent years, ProPublica's Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson.


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Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

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Julia Angwin

Senior Reporter, ProPublica
Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting... Read More →
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Jeff Larson

Reporter, ProPublica
Jeff Larson is a news applications developer at ProPublica. He is a winner of the Livingston Award for the 2011 series Redistricting: How Powerful Interests are Drawing You Out of a Vote. ... Read More →

Saturday June 10, 2017 15:15 - 16:15 CEST