Algorithmic accountability has become a key issue of concern over the past decade, following the emergence and spread of technologies embedding mass surveillance, biased processes or racist outcomes into public policies, public service delivery and commercial products.
Despite a growing and diverse community of researchers and activists discussing and publishing on the topic, legal professionals across the world have access to very few resources to equip themselves in understanding algorithms and artificial intelligence, let alone enforce accountability. In order to fill this we launched the Open Knowledge Justice Programme, which aims to develop learning resources, training programmes and legal strategies to enforce accountability in this area.
In the coming weeks and months we will publish articles, primers and learnings resources to help legal professionals navigate this emerging topic. Follow our blogposts, Twitter account or join our dedicated mailing list for updates.
We don't intend to tackle this challenge alone: instead, we aim to build a community of experts to advocate, create and teach better and at a wider scale. Our partnerships will include NGOs, education institutions and private sector organisations. Interested in working with us? Contact us at email@example.com.
We are also offering paid trainings for barristers, solicitors, judges and academics interested in acquiring concrete skills to navigate the world of automated decision making. Our trainings include deep dives on algorithms and AI, a presentation of our methodology for investigating them, and a review of local and international case studies.
As societies around the world scramble to find solutions to function in the midst of the current health crisis, private and public organisations are buying AI and algorithm-driven systems at record speed. This development makes it even more pressing for legal professionals to understand automated decision systems. This free webinar covers an introduction to those systems and unveils the methodology we have developed for legal professionals to investigate them and enforce accountability.
Meg Foulkes is the Law and Data Project lead and has been working at Open Knowledge Foundation since 2012. She previously worked as a Legal Adviser at Refugee Legal Centre for detained asylum seekers at Oakington IRC. She is currently juggling her day job at OKF with studying the Bar Professional Training Course part-time, which she will finish in September 2020.
Cédric Lombion is Open Knowledge Foundation's Data & Innovation lead and has been supporting the organisation’s data literacy efforts across the world since 2015. Cédric is a political science and public communications graduate; as one of the foremost experts on data and technology literacy he is regularly invited to talk about or facilitate trainings on the topic by international organisations such as the OECD, Transparency International, the UNDP or the World Bank.