Hosting a panel discussion on “Algorithms as a new political arena”

Hosting a panel discussion on “Algorithms as a new political arena”

To celebrate the publication of our edited volume “(Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft” on algorithms and automatisation in government and society, the the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT) held a panel discussion on 11 June 2018 at Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin.

The panel included digital activist Katharina Nocun, Fraunhofer FOKUS director Ina Schieferdecker, Bertelsmann Stiftung expert Ralph Müller-Eiselt and HIIG senior researcher Christian Katzenbach. We structured the discussion with practical scenarios drawn from chapters of the edited volume, highlighting the inherently political goals encoded into algorithms, the politically relevant trade-offs decided upon during algorithmic decisionmaking, and the social power of intermediaries.

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