In citizen dialogues throughout Berlin we present algorithms and their modes of operation and discuss with consumers*.
Where do we encounter algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday life and how do they influence our lives? These and other specific questions will be investigated in the course of this project, a series of events will be organized and information material will be made available to the public.
We encounter algorithmic decision systems daily in all situations of life. But for many people, the processes and the effects of algorithms and AI in everyday life are not yet transparent. Whether scrolling through messenger messages and social media, booking travel online or shopping on the Internet — increasingly, intelligent systems are working in the background, learning from our data traces. We would like to make a contribution to showing consumers where and how they encounter algorithms and artificial intelligence in everyday life and what they should know about them in order to make confident decisions.
In serial events in the form of citizen dialogues in numerous districts of Berlin, education is created and the awareness for algorithmic procedures is strengthened by means of examples from everyday life. By taking into account the concerns and fears of consumers*, but also by creating new channels of communication between the administration and civil society, the citizen dialogues are intended to function in both directions.
The district tour is intended to convey supposed “technical” and “legal” questions to consumers and demystify algorithmic procedures. In addition to the entertaining mediation, the goal is: enlightened maturity in a digital society. The results of the citizen dialogues can be used in the exchange with the Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination to help shape the consumer protection policy of the State of Berlin.
The events will take place in the third and fourth quarters of 2020. The concrete dates and locations (analog or online) will be announced here.
The Citizens’ Tour on Algorithms is a project of the iRights.Lab and is funded by the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination.
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