Dis­trict tour on the sub­ject of algorithms

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.

The chal­lenge 

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. 

Our approach 

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 result

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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