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Thursday, June 13 • 9:00am - 10:15am
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Keeping public sector algorithms accountable

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A few governments have begun testing tools to increase transparency and accountability of algorithms used by the public sector. This session will share examples of a few pioneering teams in governments, such as the French government’s taskforce for open data and data policy, Etalab, who are testing this in the fields of education, taxation, employment and social policy as well as the Canadian government’s efforts towards this. The session will also explore key principles that underlie these tools, and how these can be adapted across other contexts. It will be an opportunity to discuss the good practice and challenges around developing norms related to public sector algorithmic accountability and where, if at all, this differs (in principle or in practice) with private sector algorithms.

Finally, it will share how governments, including the Government of France, are using multistakeholder platforms like Open Government Partnership to undertake these efforts in partnership with civil society and experts, and how a growing numbers of countries in OGP are undertaking policy reforms on this, paving the way to global norms.

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Simon Chignard

Senior policy advisor, Etalab (French PM task force for open data & open gov)
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Soizic Penicaud

Open Innovation Officer, Etalab

Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
Carthage 1 (Laico)