Minimizing algorithmic bias and discrimination in the digital economy

By Arthur Gwagwa and Dr. Ansgar Koene

Discussion points of this paper will cover:

  • Need for open algorithm code in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Defining algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Socio-technical causes of algorithmic bias
  • Technical and Policy Solutions to algorithmic and societal biases

Need for open algorithm code in the 4th Industrial Revolution : Increasing role of Algorithms and AI

Computer algorithms and analytics are playing an increasingly influential role in government, business and society and underpin popular information services. Major economies are now entering the new 4th industrial revolution which will bring change and innovation at an unprecedented rate, fuelled by technological advancements like artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, the internet of things and more. LDC economies are catching up at a crucial juncture when the technology discourse is moving from internet governance to digital governance and from artificial intelligence to digital intelligence.

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