The algo:aware team was present at the launch of the “Automating Society – Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU”, a report by AlgorithmWatch in cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung, supported by the Open Society Foundations.

The launch, organised in the European Parliament included remarks from MEPs, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Julia Reda and Michal Boni and a discussion panel with academics and representatives from the European Commission and BEUC.

The report stemmed from the recognition that algorithmic decision-making is at the core of debate on discrimination, equality and participation and the debate often focused on the situation in the USA or China. It aims to present state of ADM in the EU given the cultural and legal differences existing in the Union.

During the discussion Liisa Jaakonsaari highlighted the synergies between the report and the algo:aware project in contributing to a wider understanding of the use of algorithmic decision-making systems in the EU. In the words of one panelist “We are developing a map of algorithms in the EU. The clearer the map, the better the navigation”