[PUBLICATION] Understanding algorithmic decision-making: Opportunities and challenges

on the January 27, 2020

Claude Castelluccia (Inria and member of the steering committee of the CyberAlps institute) and Daniel Le Métayer (Inria) have published a report for the European Parliament (Panel for the Future of Science and Technology) on understanding algorithmic decision-making.


The expected benefits of Algorithmic Decision Systems (ADS) may be offset by the variety of risks for individuals (discrimination, unfair practices, loss of autonomy, etc.), the economy (unfair practices, limited access to markets, etc.) and society as a whole (manipulation, threat to democracy, etc.).
We present existing options to reduce the risks related to ADS and explain their limitations. We sketch some recommendations to overcome these limitations to be able to benefit from the tremendous possibilities of ADS while limiting the risks related to their use.
Beyond providing an up-to-date and systematic review of the situation, the report gives a precise definition of a number of key terms and an analysis of their differences. The main focus of the report is the technical aspects of ADS.
However, other legal, ethical and social dimensions are considered to broaden the discussion.
Read the full report here
Published on July 2, 2020