25 Oct 2018

Algorithm stocktake: "need to take care in their use"

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 25 October 2018
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The first ever stocktake into government agencies' use of algorithms and predictive modelling to deliver their services to citizens' says it must be done with caution.

The Government Chief Data Steward Liz MacPherson, along with the Government Chief Digital Officer has looked at how fourteen government agencies use algorithms. 

The Algorithm Assessment Report includes case studies highlighting how algorithms are already "enabling innovative solutions to complex problems".

But while it says predicitve modelling is helping government deliver better policies and services, it says they present "fresh challenges", and recommends maintaining human oversight, regularly reviewing algorithms that inform significant decisions, and monitoring for adverse effects.