Automated Injustice – How Algorithms Exacerbate Existing Discrimination

Tuesday, September 7th, 19.00-20.00, Shilquai 125, 8005 Zurich (3rd floor)

Input – Dezentrum

Algorithms decide whether you get a job, your asylum case is accepted or you are allowed to take out a loan. Although we know little about the decision-making criteria of these “black boxes,” they shape our everyday lives like never before. Many people still believe that these automated decisions are made impartially and fairly. But the opposite is the case. Using various case studies from Amazon, to Google, McKinsey or the Swiss state, we would like to show you how algorithms reinforce existing injustices and how they can discriminate and exclude people. But we also want to show what we can do about it and which projects are already actively working against these problems.


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