Algo.rules in Russian

Online discussion about algorithms and ethics

On September 3 and 4, the Russian NGO Teplitsa and the Goethe-Institut Moscow held their annual conference "Netz September" on innovations and technologies in the non-profit sector. Our expert Michael Puntschuh talked about algorithms and ethics and presented the Algo.Rules.

At the “Netz Sep­tem­ber” con­fer­ence orig­i­nal­ly planned in Moscow, which due to the pan­dem­ic was held com­plete­ly online, the tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenges of algo­rith­mic sys­tems were dis­cussed as well as approach­es to solv­ing the social prob­lems they offer. The two-day pro­gram includ­ed a panel dis­cus­sion enti­tled “Dance of Algo­rithms: eth­i­cal part­ner­ship or the strug­gle for objec­tiv­i­ty?“ Besides Puntschuh, other par­tic­i­pants includ­ed Liliya Zem­nukho­va from the Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Peters­burg, Fabio Chiusi from Algo­rithmWatch, and Alex­ey Sidorenko, the direc­tor of “Teplit­sa. Tech­nolo­gies for Social Good”. All par­tic­i­pants agreed that it is impor­tant to demys­ti­fy algo­rith­mic sys­tems: Even an algo­rith­mic sys­tem makes mis­takes and is always man-made.

After­wards, Michael Puntschuh pre­sent­ed the Algo.rules in a work­shop, which were also trans­lat­ed into Russ­ian. The par­tic­i­pants main­ly dis­cussed the trans­fer of the rules into prac­tice. The already pub­lished prac­ti­cal guide and the soon avail­able hand­book for dig­i­tal admin­is­tra­tion should con­tribute to this.

The dis­cus­sions have shown us once again that the design of algo­rith­mic sys­tems for the com­mon good is a transna­tion­al issue where we can learn a lot from each other and fur­ther devel­op exist­ing rules together.

In addi­tion to the con­fer­ence, there was an accom­pa­ny­ing pro­gram con­sist­ing of video dis­cus­sions and reporting.

The con­fer­ence for “rewatch” can be found here.

In addi­tion, our expert speaks again here in an inter­view on the topic:

The Algo.rules are a cat­a­logue of for­mal cri­te­ria that should be observed in order to enable and facil­i­tate a social­ly ben­e­fi­cial design and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of algo­rith­mic sys­tems. We devel­oped them togeth­er with the Ber­tels­mann Foundation.

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