Academy of Finland
Funding decision
 
Applicant / Contact person Koivisto, Ida
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Potential and Boundaries of Algorithmic Transparency
Decision No. 324116
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 480 000
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Project description
Algorithms control an increasing amount of decision-making in today‘s computerized world. At the same time, human control over these algorithms have decreased. This is worrying given the effects: There is growing evidence that algorithms reproduce inequality, and they radically challenge ideas of liberalism and free will, basic tenets of western legal thinking. “Algorithmic transparency” has been proposed as a solution by making algorithmic biases visible. This project examines societal consequences of algorithmic predictions: what is the potential and what are the limitations of transparency in overcoming their systemic biases? It builds on a hypothesis: Algorithmic transparency fails to provide sufficient legitimacy and normative counterbalance for algorithmic decision-making. The research project combines critical legal analysis with empirical qualitative research and science and technology studies in a novel way. It provides groundbreaking knowledge on algorithmic transparency.