RUSI partners with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
RUSI is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a recently-launched Government advisory body, established to investigate and advise on how Government can maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies and artificial intelligence (AI).
The Centre is currently undertaking a review into bias in algorithmic decision-making in the Crime and Justice sector. As part of this review, the Centre is developing a code of practice for the design, development and trialling of predictive policing technology, which will help mitigate algorithmic bias and address wider ethical concerns. The Centre has commissioned RUSI to undertake an independent research study into how algorithmic tools are currently being used by police forces in England and Wales, along with the potential for biased outcomes for certain individuals or groups. The research will consist of interviews and roundtables with local police forces, technology providers, civil liberties groups and others.
The Centre and RUSI are focusing on predictive policing as previous RUSI research has identified significant gaps in the existing policy framework for the police’s use of machine learning, and there is currently no national guidance for how these tools should be developed. Moreover, there is evidence that technology of this kind can be subject to bias, if not carefully designed and implemented. A new code of practice will provide clear guidance on how police forces should trial and implement predictive algorithmic tools while addressing issues of algorithmic bias and wider ethical concerns.
An interim Briefing Paper will be published in autumn 2019 summarising the emerging findings of the research, alongside a draft code of practice which will be circulated for consultation. The final RUSI research paper will be published early 2020.
For more information please contact Alexander Babuta, AlexanderB@rusi.org
Latest News from
In the Spotlight: Britain’s Impending Defence Procurement Review17/02/2020 11:43:00
The British government is about to review its defence procurement process. It will encounter some very familiar problems.
North Korea: Where the Central Europeans Can Help13/02/2020 11:25:00
They may be a relic of the Cold War, but the Central European embassies which remain in the North Korean capital could boost EU diplomatic power.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly as an Antidote to Public Disengagement from Defence10/02/2020 12:38:00
NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly is an asset which deserves greater attention.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: the Financial Action Task Force Faces an Iranian Crunch07/02/2020 16:25:00
A well-intentioned decision on Iran in 2016 has haunted the Financial Action Task Force ever since. That decision is about to become a nightmare.
Sir David Lidington Nominated as Next RUSI Chair07/02/2020 13:33:00
Former senior Cabinet Minister Sir David Lidington to be named as the next Chair of the Royal United Services Institute.
Call for Proposals: The 10th UK PONI 2020 Annual Conference07/02/2020 11:25:00
UK PONI is now accepting proposals from members for presentations at the 2020 Annual Conference.
Global Survey of Private Sector Reveals Significant Proliferation Finance and North Korea and Iran Sanctions Implementation Gaps06/02/2020 15:33:00
A RUSI and ACAMS survey of sanctions professionals from across the global financial industry reveals significant gaps in private sector knowledge on proliferation finance and capacity to address North Korea and Iran sanctions.
England and Wales’ Prison System is in Crisis05/02/2020 14:25:00
New safety in custody statistics in adult and youth prisons underline the crisis in our offender management system.