MFIA’s Algorithmic Accountability Project has undertaken an exhaustive study of the novel challenges to transparency and accountability posed by state agencies’ increasing use of algorithms. As part of the study, the Clinic filed FOIA requests with three Connecticut state agencies on behalf of Information Society Project non-resident fellow Alicia Solow-Niederman. The agencies’ responses revealed both that agencies do not take sufficient measures to ensure the algorithms are working effectively and fairly, and that public disclosure laws do not permit adequate public oversight of agencies’ use of algorithms. The study also surveys possible legislative solutions to the problems of algorithmic transparency and accountability.
Read press coverage of the report in the CT Mirror.