Interrogating the Algorithm

Course Details

Algorithms –a set of rules and instructions baked into computer programs — are now commonly used to make economic, health and policy decisions, etc. For example, health insurance companies use algorithms to autonomously decide the level of cancer treatment someone might receive based on massive datasets and actuarial tables. Banks are increasingly using algorithms to determine who will be approved for a mortgage based on demographic information. But people have to write the algorithms, and more often than not, they infuse them with cultural bias. We will train journalists to break down how algorithms make decisions and how to uncover inherent discrimination in the code.