On January 22nd, danah boyd and Janet Haven of Data & Society co-signed a letter, along with a coalition of actors, to offer recommendations to Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City regarding appointments to the new Automated Decision System Task Force (NYC). Read the full letter here.
NYC City Council legislation created this task force to provide recommendations for transparency and accountability regarding government use of algorithmic systems. The bill passed in December 2017 and became law this month. Data & Society sees the integrity and efficacy of this task force as important both within and beyond New York City because its prospective findings and recommendations will likely serve as a national or international model for other cities and states.
Institutional affiliations of the individuals signing on to the joint letter include: AI Now Institute; BetaNYC; Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; CAIR-NY; Center for Democracy & Technology; Center for IT Policy; Code for America’s National Agenda Council; Data for Black Lives; Data Responsibility; Data & Society; Drexel University; The Legal Aid Society; New York Civil Liberties Union; and Princeton University. The joint letter offers initial recommendations on:
The task force is required to present the Mayor of New York City, and ultimately the public, with:
For continued updates on this matter, follow #NYCalgorithms and @datasociety on Twitter.
New York City residents can reach out to the Mayor and City Council with their own thoughts in several ways: