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interview | 02.23.15

The computer algorithms that run our lives

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

“Seeta Gangadharan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Open Technology Institute in Washington DC [and a D&S fellow]. She discusses the automated systems, known as algorithms, that are replacing human discretion more and more often. Algorithms are a simple set of mathematical rules embedded in the software to complete a task. They allow google to rank pages according to their relevance and popularity when people conduct an internet search, and allow internet sites like Amazon and Netflix to monitor our purchases and suggest related items. But open technology advocates say there is not enough oversight of these algorithms, which can perpetuating poverty and inequality.”

Kathryn Ryan, The computer algorithms that run our lives, Nine To Noon (Radio New Zealand), 23 February 2015

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