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Algorithmic Impact Assessments Should Leverage Diverse Expertise and Complex Histories


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Assembling Accountability, from the Ground Up

There is a pressing need to establish algorithmic impact assessment practices from the ground up, which requires cultivating and synthesizing a broad consensus of expertise from industry, scholars, and public interest advocates, including people from affected communities.

Lawmakers, it is said, don't understand technology well enough to regulate it. But why should we expect our lawmakers to become individual experts on every challenge facing society? Advocacy groups, community activists, forensic technologists, thoughtful developers, and critical scholars have devoted their careers to building expertise on these issues.

Given the burgeoning influence of algorithmic systems over social affairs, and an increasing awareness of the harmful impacts of these powerful systems, we are at a moment in which complex sociotechnical systems require robust, adaptable regulation.

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