The HECAT Project hosted two panels at the 29th International Conference of Europeanists at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik from 27-29 June 2023. The theme of the conference was “Europe’s Past, Present, And Future: Utopias And Dystopias”. 9 project members attended from 3 partners, chairing… Read More »HECAT at CES Conference, Iceland 27-29 June 2023
As many academics know, May is traditionally known as ‘conference season’ for reasons that are self-explanatory. For the last 2 years we were unable to meet in-person due to COVID, but with lockdown restrictions eased we are once again getting out there to conferences. In… Read More »May – A Very Busy Month for HECAT
Sustainable labour market integration: challenges and advancements in algorithmic profiling of jobseekers
This is a repost of the original article, which you can find here: http://www.bos-cbscsr.dk/2022/04/07/sustainable-labour-market-integration-challenges-and-advancements-in-algorithmic-profiling-of-jobseekers/ By Clément Brébion and Janine Leschke ◦ 5 min read ◦ The number of countries that are using algorithms to profile jobseekers has been on the rise since the 1990s. Algorithmic profiling aims… Read More »Sustainable labour market integration: challenges and advancements in algorithmic profiling of jobseekers
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
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
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?
Algorithms are seductive because they implicitly suggest that their results are free from human judgement or bias. In our project we believe that these assumptions must be challenged. Algorithms are a remarkable piece of technology, but they have the power to do great harm if… Read More »The Ethics of Algorithms: Classism