Sumana Harihareswara at 2017-10-28T22:34:09Z

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/nyregion/showing-the-algorithms-behind-new-york-city-services.htm... NYC's considering a first-of-its-kind transparency bill, and I think it's in danger from corporate interests

https://nyc.councilmatic.org/legislation/int-1696-2017/ city agencies using automated processes (algorithms) to decide to benefit/punish you must publish the code

Sometimes these processes are hella biased https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing/ http://bds.org/bds-testifies-before-the-nyc-council-committee-on-technology-on-algorithm-transparenc...

https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/testimony-int-1696-relating-disclosure-source-code-agencies-e... https://beta.nyc/2017/10/16/testimony-for-intro-1696-2017-open-algorithms-bill/ https://www.nyclu.org/en/publications/nyclu-testimony-nyc-council-committee-technology-re-automated-... the NYC ACLU, other NGOs, & local technologists are for it

https://civichall.org/civicist/hearing-algorithmic-transparency-reveals-rift-nyc-tech-community/ some of NYC's IT, & a trade group of software companies, are against it. Some companies profit from proprietary data

https://council.nyc.gov/districts/ if you're in NYC, email your councilmember to ask them to cosponsor & support Bill 1696

https://council.nyc.gov/james-vacca/ maybe also email Councilmember Vacca, tell him: keep the bill strong, follow advice from @BetaNYC & @juliapowles

Outside NYC? Your town/region could consider a similar bill. IT procurement & all might sound boring but the impact could be huge

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(On reflection, "against it" is too strong. They favor transparency, but want big revisions and sounded lots of concerns.)

Sumana Harihareswara at 2017-10-28T22:39:54Z

Thank you for advocating for and reporting on this!

Sure reads to me like like Tech:NYC is against. Saying they favor transparency is about as empty a statement as they could make, especially when they're pulling out stock terrible arguments against it.

Mike Linksvayer at 2017-10-31T01:20:37Z