Public sector decision-making: Algorithmic justice

Decisions made automatically by algorithm can be an extremely powerful tool. That’s why it’s so important that they’re used in an accountable, transparent and inclusive way. Yet, at the moment, much of the time, the public isn’t even aware that automated decision making systems are being used, never mind able to demand a seat at the negotiating table. Where systems are designed and developed without public consultation, systemic bias and discrimination thrive. This issue transcends industrial sectors. Large tech companies want to gather as much data as they can to boost their advertising profits, whilst governments cite efficiency when contracting with them to automate policing, border controls, or welfare claims.