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This week the editorial team highlights press releases, which provide readers with the opportunity to provide vital input for the future development of the ICT industry and its impact on society.
Firstly, a suite of consultations from government seeking to reframe how we manage & handle packaging in the future will have implications for the future management of waste. The consultations which include a root & branch reform of the UK packaging producer responsibility system and a new plastic packaging tax, propose a major departure from the status quo. The deadline for responses is 12 May 2019.
Next the DCMS highlights that the World-first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will partner with the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit to explore potential for bias in crime & justice. Algorithms have huge potential for preventing crime, protecting the public & improving the way services are delivered. But decisions made in these areas are likely to have a significant impact on people’s lives and public trust is essential.
In crime & justice, algorithms could be used to assess the likelihood of re-offending and inform decisions about policing, probation and parole. For example, some police forces have already started to use algorithms to feed into their decision-making - such as the Harm Assessment Risk Tool in Durham which is being used to assist officers in deciding whether an individual is eligible for deferred prosecution based on the future risk of offending.
The CDEI last week set out its priorities in its first Work Programme and Strategy. This also includes plans for it to investigate how data is used to shape online experiences through personalisation and micro-targeting - for example where you search for a product and then adverts for similar products appear later in your browser. This review will explore where, how and why online targeting approaches are used, and their impact on members of the public. The CDEI is launching a series of nationwide workshops to investigate public views on the acceptability of micro-targeting.
Lastly the ICO has published a call for participation; Building the ICO’s auditing framework for Artificial Intelligence. In a Blog, Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy & Innovation, invites comment from organisations on the development of an auditing framework for AI.
AI is one of the ICO’s top three strategic priorities and a new team is set to develop the ICO’s first auditing framework for AI. The framework will give us a solid methodology to audit AI applications and ensure we are transparent, fair; and to ensure that the necessary measures to assess & manage data protection risks arising from them are in place.
The framework will also inform future guidance for organisations to support the continuous & innovative use of AI within the law. The guidance will complement existing resources, not least the ICO’s award winning Big Data and AI report.
But we don’t want to work alone. We’d like your input now. We welcome your thoughts on the plans & approach we set out in this post. We will shortly publish another article here to outline the proposed framework structure, its key elements and focus areas.
On this new blog site you will be able to find regular updates on specific AI data protection challenges and on how our thinking in relation to the framework is developing. And we want your feedback. You can leave us a comment or email us direct.