Two years ago, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) in Washington, D.C started a project called “digital decisions” to investigate “the use of algorithms, machine learning, big data, and automation to make decisions that impact individuals and shape society”.
The engineers and product managers who design these systems are the first line of defense against unfair, discriminatory, and harmful outcomes. To help mitigate harm at the design level, we have launched the first public version of our digital decisions tool. We created the tool to help developers understand and mitigate unintended bias and ethical pitfalls as they design automated decision-making systems.
The result is now an interactive tool, that translates principles for fair and ethical automated decision-making into a series of questions that can be addressed during the process of designing and deploying an algorithm.