It has been announced that the Centre for Data Ethics will partner with the Cabinet Office's Race Disparity Unit to investigate the potential for bias in algorithmic decision-making in society.
Algorithms have huge potential for preventing crime, protecting the public and improving the way services are delivered. The decisions made in these areas are likely to have a significant impact on people’s lives and public trust is essential.
Algorithms built from data are increasingly being used by professionals to help them make decisions, there is a risk that any human bias present in the data will be reflected in the recommendations made by the algorithm.
The CDEI wants to ensure those using such technology can understand the potential for bias and have measures in place to address. It also aims to help guarantee fairer decisions and where possible improve processes.