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The pandemic, social benefits, and automated decision making (ADM): Just because it is quicker to use a machine, is it consistent with the principle of non-discrimination?
Introduction On one level, it seems a very worrying idea that machines alone could be left to make important governmental decisions about our business, our personal finances or security. No doubt, if those decisions “go our way”, we probably won’t mind too much about the process itself since quick welcome decisions will always be applauded. Continue Reading
Joshua Jackson, a pupil at Cloisters, discuss a report prepared by Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters for the TUC, which examines the legal implications of the use of AI in the workplace. In November 2020, I examined the TUC report (“Technology managing people: The worker experience” ) and CDEI report (“Review into bias in algorithmic Continue Reading
In this blog we examine a very recent Italian decision from the Bologna Labour Court – Filcam VGIL Bologna and others v Deliveroo Italia SRL – which held that Deliveroo’s algorithm – called “Frank” – which determined its workers priority to access delivery time slots was discriminatory. Whilst we understand that the algorithm at the heart of that case is now defunct, there is an important lesson to be learnt from the decision. Specifically, this Deliveroo case demonstrates conclusively how unthinking reliance on algorithms simply because they are perceived to be “useful” can lead to unintended discrimination – with the result that a business ends up in court.
This blog is by Joshua Jackson, pupil at Cloisters. It was first published on http://www.cloisters.com. In this blog, Joshua considers two important reports which were released this week – one by the TUC which examines the growth of technology post Covid-19 and the long awaited CDEI report which makes proposals to ensure that discrimination does Continue Reading
The blog has been co-authored with Alexandru Cîrciumaru. More information about Alex is available at the end of this blog. Introduction Sooner or later, if you shop online, “you” will be offered a “discount” or “special price” to induce a first or subsequent purchase. “You” may be offered no reason or one of myriad explanations Continue Reading
The blog has been co-authored with Alina Glaubitz. More information about Alina is available at the end of this blog. Covid–19 has brought immediate changes to the rights of free movement in the European Union as each Member State has struggled to control the spread of the virus. Temporary travel restrictions were introduced, and Brexit Continue Reading
We have been thinking hard about the best way to regulate AI since, in addition to maintaining our online resource dedicated to AI, human rights, discrimination and data protection, our recent projects have included – Speaking with regulators in both mainland Europe and the UK, Advising business on minimising the risks of legal breaches, Writing Continue Reading
This blog has been co-written with Aislinn Kelly-Lyth. More information about Aislinn is available at the end of this blog. Tech Companies have seen new opportunities in the Covid-19 pandemic. They have responded to the challenges of getting employees back to a safe workplace by creating new products for a range of new situations. Protective Continue Reading
On 29 April 2020, we submitted a response to the ICO’s paper, “Guidance on the AI auditing framework: Draft guidance for consultation” (Draft Guidance). There were three points which we highlighted in our response as follows: The document includes an erroneous conflation of “algorithmic unfairness” with the concept of “discrimination” within UK law There is Continue Reading
On 3 April 2020, France’s Constitutional Council (Le Conseil Constitutionnel) handed down its long-awaited decision concerning the lawfulness of Parcoursup, a national algorithmic platform that assists educational establishments to select students and assign them to undergraduate courses in an equitable way. Parcoursup had already been the subject of criticism by the Defenseur des Droits: see Continue Reading
Over the summer of 2019, we were instructed by The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) to consider the equality implications of AI and automated decision-making in government, in particular, through consideration of the Settled Status scheme and the use of Risk-Based verification (RBV) systems. The paper was finished in September 2019 and ultimately, we concluded Continue Reading
European Commission In February 2020, the European Commission published its long awaited White Paper – On Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust. The purpose of the White Paper is to start the process of scoping policy options which are intended to “enable a trustworthy and secure development of AI in Europe” Continue Reading
Commentators in the AI space have been waiting impatiently for the judgment in a Dutch case concerning the lawfulness of an AI system which is used in the Netherlands to ascribe a particular risk profile to citizens. The Court of the Hague resoundingly concluded in a judgment given on the 5 February 2020 that the Continue Reading
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