Publication follows identification by the Government that these two areas required “immediate attention”
The CDEI has published interim reports setting out its approach to exploring the issues of online targeting and bias in algorithmic decision-making. The reports also detail its progress to date, along with emerging insights.
In 2018, the Government consulted on the CDEI and proposed six themes where it could undertake projects to strengthen the governance of data-driven technology. These were: targeting, fairness, transparency, liability, data access, and intellectual property and ownership. Of these, two areas, targeting and fairness, were identified as requiring immediate attention. These two issues were seen as important given the impact that data-driven technology is having on individuals and society now in relation to both targeting and bias coupled with the need to better understand the governance in both these areas.
The interim reports are intended to provide an update on the CDEI’s progress to date regarding these two reviews, which says that it is in a unique position to explore the issues of bias and targeting, given its independence, its cross-sector remit, and its mandate to provide recommendations to government. It has purposely taken different approaches to the reviews: the targeting review focuses on specific themes within online targeting and the bias review focuses on specific sectors. This allows it to understand and analyse the landscape through various lenses, with a view to developing robust and thorough recommendations in its final reports.
At the highest level, the reviews are addressing the following types of questions:
As well as these two major reviews, the CDEI is working on: