Frank Pasquale has criticized government agencies for using opaque technologies. For example, opaque algorithms determine whether U.S. citizens deserve benefits, are put on a terrorist watchlist, or are put on other blacklists. Recently, groups like AINow and the Turing Institute have recommended that governments only use algorithms and AI that can be publicly inspected and explainable. Frank will describe these efforts, and how government procurement policy should treat government technology adoption. For background, see:
Ray Cha has worked on civic tech and open data in several contexts. His talk will focus on his work at the Environmental Data Governance Initiative, to archive official websites and ensure an accurate record of climate data and administrative action. Ray has also worked to ensure maximum feasible public use of transit data.