Today we’re brushing the cobwebs off by having our monthly WP lead meeting to keep ourselves updated on what everyone in the project is up to. Our agenda is relatively simple today, mostly focusing on updating one another on where each work package is in… Read More »Work Package Lead Meeting – January 12
We’re excited to announce the finalization of a significant deliverable. You can find it on our deliverables page http://hecat.eu/deliverables/ or download it through this link. The document itself is quite long and we will be writing several blog posts in the near future about it.… Read More »New Deliverable: An Ethical Review of Algorithms
Today we have a guest post by Patrick Gallagher. Patrick is a postdoctoral fellow at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Statistical profiling of the unemployed has gained traction in recent years as an efficient, cost-cutting means of categorising job seekers into two groups the frictionally… Read More »What Does Accuracy Mean, Anyway?
This will be the first in a series of short pieces on the experiences of unemployment. We have previously written about the origins of our project, which came from the Waterford Unemployment Experiences Research Collaborative (WUERC), a team of researchers based out of Waterford in… Read More »The Experiences of Unemployment: Waiting
For quite some time it has been axiomatic that there are certain degrees which are unlikely to help you secure a job. Career Addict furnishes us with a revealing top 10 list of ‘useless’ degrees which includes the culinary arts, the liberal arts, and communications.… Read More »Rethink, Reskill, Reboot: What’s a ‘Useless’ Degree Anyway?
Previously we have written about the problematic relationship between algorithms and law enforcement, specifically what happens when algorithms are supposed to predict crime in advance of it happening (precrime). Today we will briefly mention another case of racism in algorithms by going over a recent… Read More »Racism and Algorithms: Part 2
This past Friday (September 25th) we had our first consortium meeting with all of our partners present since our project first launched in February – which feels like it was a lifetime ago now! Originally our entire consortium was to meet in person once each… Read More »Our First Consortium Meeting – Profiling or Visualising?
Previously we have written about how algorithms can be classist, today we will consider the curious case of Pasco, Florida to reflect on the ways in which algorithms can be racist. In 1956 US author Phillip K. Dick published a science fiction novella called The… Read More »Precrime: Racism and Algorithms
On September 3rd espanet (the European Network for Social Policy Analysis) is hosting a series of online seminars for PhD students to network and present their research. See the details below. Combined Streams 3-4: Big data and digitalisation in social and employment services Conveners: Minna… Read More »ESPANet Online Seminar Details
Yesterday Open Democracy held a live discussion on the broad topic of whether algorithms can be fair. This was in the context of the A-level results fiasco which you can read more about here. The discussion was highly informative and got into many of the… Read More »Computer says no: can algorithms be fair?