Friday 24 January 2020
Petite Halle
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Panel Description

The use of algorithms by government goes way back, e.g. in the 1990s, sentencing systems were developed as well as decision systems for unemployment benefits. Most systems were not Artificial Intelligence (AI), but straightforward executing decision trees. Since 2013 through advances in machine learning, Artificial Intelligence has entered practice on a wide scale, including in government. In this panel we look at (self-)learning algorithms, and what legal constraints should apply to governmental decisions based on use of these algorithms. Questions addressed are:

  • Which algorithms do we allow and which do we not, and in case we allow algorithms, under what conditions?
  • What conditions should be met when government uses algorithms developed by private parties?
  • Under what circumstances can the human in the loop be meaningful?


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