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Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

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Algorithms have become the focus of increasing controversy.

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The U.K. government has published a standard for transparency requiring ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision-making.

They also will be required to explain where the algorithms were used, the reason for their use, and whether they were successful.

The standard will be tested by government departments and other public-sector bodies in the coming months, before being reviewed again and formally launched next year.

The Alan Turing Institute's Adrian Weller said, "Organizations are increasingly turning to algorithms to automate or support decision-making. We have a window of opportunity to put the right governance mechanisms in place as adoption increases."

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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