Triple A: Algorithms, Automation, Accountability

Abstract


The trend towards digitization and big data is accompanied by the increasing application and relevance of algorithms and processes of “algorithmic selection”. Algorithmic selection is the technological and functional core of a multitude of Internet and data processing applications such as search engines, information aggregators, recommender and scoring systems, observation and forecast applications, intelligent filtering, content production and allocation applications like algo-trading. Algorithms shape the circulations of popular culture and they are a source of social order. The strong influence and power of algorithms stands in sharp contrast to rather opaque accountability structures regarding algorithmic selection. The socio-technological settings of algorithms are characterized by the involvement of multiple actors and software that increasingly operates autonomously. Accountability mechanisms and legal standards that govern automated decision processes have not kept pace with technology. Our research explores the social implications of the growing influence of algorithms. This includes the risks that emerge with the growing diffusion of algorithms and automated decision-making as well as suitable governance and accountability arrangements.

Funding


Research activities under the framework of Triple A are funded by the Vienna Anniversary Fund for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities of the Alpen Adria Universität.

CMC Staff


Florian Saurwein (Project Leader)

Projects and Events


Research project: The Automation of the social: Algorithmic selection in social online networks (Alison)

Public panel discussion: Responsible Automation. How can we control algorithms, robots and artificial intelligence.

Expert workshop: Electronic person, governance-by-design & co. Potential and limits of innovative approaches  for the control of algorithms and robots.

Lectures

Lectures

  • 14/02/2018 , Vienna
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Politics of automation: Risks and accountability in the domain of algorithmic selection.
    International Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018. Envisioning Robots In Society: Politics, Power, And Public Space
  • 19/01/2018 , Vienna
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Governance of Algorithms: Institutional approaches and practical limits
    Workshop „Regulating Artificial Intelligence“
  • 20/11/2017 , Salzburg
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Algorithms, automation and the media
    Master in Digital Communication Leadership
  • 02/12/2016 , Ludwigsburg
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Automatisierung, Algorithmen, Accountability - Eine Governance Perspektive
    Jahrestagung des Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Center (IMEC): "Brauchen Maschinen Ethik – und wenn ja welche? Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf selbständig "handelnde und kommunizierende" Systeme"
  • 08/11/2016 , Prag
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Emerging structures of control for algorithms on the Internet Distributed agency - distributed accountability
    ECREA 2016 preconference : "Media Accountability at the Crossroads: European Challenges and Perspectives"
  • 05/10/2016 , Berlin
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Governing algorithms on the Internet: approaches, options, gaps
    17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
  • 30/05/2016 , Wien
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Algorithmische Selektion: Risiken und Governance der automatisierten Auswahl im Internet
    16. Österreichische Konferenz für Technikfolgenabschätzung (TA-16): Smart New World - Was ist "smart" an smarten Technologien?

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Florian Saurwein,. (2019). Automatisierung, Algorithmen, Accountability. Eine Governance Perspektive [Automatization, algorithms, accountability. A governance perspective]. In M. Rath, Krotz, F., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), T. K. Eberwein Matthias Krotz (Tran.), Maschinenethik. Normative Grenzen autonomer Systeme (pp. 35-56). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-21083-0
  • Saurwein, F., Just, N., & Latzer, M. (2017). Algorithmische Selektion im Internet: Risiken und Governance automatisierter Auswahlprozesse [Algorithmic selection on the Internet: Risks and governance of automated selection processes]. Kommunikation@gesellschaftalgorithmen, Kommunikation Und Gesellschaft, 18, 1-22. Retrieved from http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-51466-4
  • Latzer, M., Just, N., Hollnbucher, K., & Saurwein, F. (2016). The economics of algorithmic selection. In J. M. Bauer & Latzer, M. (Eds.), Handbook on the Economics of the Internet (pp. 395-425). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publ. doi:10.4337/9780857939852.00028

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Saurwein, F. (2017). Verantwortung im Zeitalter der Automatisierung [reprint]. European Journalism Observatory (Ejo). Retrieved from http://de.ejo-online.eu/digitales/verantwortung-im-zeitalter-der-automatisierung
  • Saurwein, F. (2017). Macht der Algorithmen: Einfluss ohne Verantwortung?. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000064791531/Macht-der-Algorithmen-Einfluss-ohne-Verantwortung

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 16/10/2018 , Wien
    Florian Saurwein: 
    Algorithmische Selektion im Internet
    Präsentationsveranstaltung „Wissen für Wien. Forschungsprojekte der ÖAW zur Stadt stellen sich vor“

In the media


Nachhilfe in Maschinen-Ethik, ÖAW Web-Interview mit Ingrid Brodnig, 2. Oktober 2017

Macht der Algorithmen: Einfluss ohne Verantwortung? derstandard.at, 27. September 2017