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The AlgoAware study was procured by the European Commission to support its analysis of the opportunities and challenges emerging where algorithmic decisions have a significant bearing on citizens, where they produce societal or economic effects which need public attention.

The study is carried out by Optimity Advisors and follows a call from the European Parliament for a pilot project supporting algorithmic awareness building.

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The objectives of the study include:

  • contributing to a wider, shared understanding of the role of algorithms, particularly in the context of online platforms, with the intention of raising public awareness and debate of emerging issues;
  • identifying the types of problems, emerging issues and opportunities raised by the use of algorithms, and establish a scientific evidence-base for these issues and opportunities; and
  • designing and prototyping a policy toolbox including solutions for a selection of problems, including policy options, technical solutions and private sector and civil society-driven actions.

The study will follow a policy design methodology resting on the analysis of scientific evidence as well as a robust stakeholder engagement. We aim to engage with a range of stakeholders across diverse sectors as we seek to map the areas of interest where algorithmic operations bear significant policy implications.

This website will showcase a series of reports, blog posts, case studies, infographics and policy developments and as such will provide a platform for information, and forum for informed debate on the opportunities and challenges that algorithmic decision-making can provide in commercial, cultural and civic society settings.

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The people presented below are the core study team which will be supported by other collaborators.

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AlgoAware maintains this website to provide access to information regarding some of the uses of algorithms in society, and the research and opinions of others regarding these uses. Our goal is to ensure that this information is reliable and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, AlgoAware accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this site.