The Biden administration issues a clarion call for algorithmic justice but misses some key early opportunities.
Alex Engler is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he studies the implications of artificial intelligence and emerging data technologies on society and governance. Engler also teaches classes on large-scale data science and visualization at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where he is an Adjunct Professor and Affiliated Scholar. Most recently faculty at the University of Chicago, he previously ran UChicago’s MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy and designed the MS in Data Science and Public Policy at Georgetown University.
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The declaration means to persuade misbehaving democracies to stop internet transgressions.
Biden should look to the idea of a systemic duty of care, which says that the platforms are dependent on their users’ social connections and, thus, are obliged to reduce online harms to those users.
Government agencies need to be able to access the datasets that drive the tech sector.
During protests in Washington, D.C., a conspiracy theory spread on Twitter that the federal government had cut off communications within and from the city. Twitter users could have been warned.