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Whither Algorithmic Accountability?

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal last year, Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, and Ryan Hagemann, the Niskanen Center’s senior director for policy, dissected the confusing debate surrounding calls for algorithmic “transparency.” They concluded that arguments in favor of making artificial intelligence (AI) systems more transparent, though well-intentioned, were unlikely to produce the outcomes that advocates sought. Instead, they offered a solution that could better balance consumer protection and innovation: algorithmic “accountability.”

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