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Algorithms and Autonomy
The Ethics of Automated Decision Systems

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  • Date Published: May 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108795395

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  • Algorithms influence every facet of modern life: criminal justice, education, housing, entertainment, elections, social media, news feeds, work… the list goes on. Delegating important decisions to machines, however, gives rise to deep moral concerns about responsibility, transparency, freedom, fairness, and democracy. Algorithms and Autonomy connects these concerns to the core human value of autonomy in the contexts of algorithmic teacher evaluation, risk assessment in criminal sentencing, predictive policing, background checks, news feeds, ride-sharing platforms, social media, and election interference. Using these case studies, the authors provide a better understanding of machine fairness and algorithmic transparency. They explain why interventions in algorithmic systems are necessary to ensure that algorithms are not used to control citizens' participation in politics and undercut democracy. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

    • Grounds common criticisms of algorithmic systems (including fairness, transparency, bias, harm, manipulation) on firm philosophical grounds
    • Allows non-specialists to understand the depth and importance of philosophical questions underlying issues of moral concerns in algorithmic systems
    • Provides philosophers with real-world examples of cases where they can apply their skills
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108795395
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Some Cases, Some Ground Clearing:
    1. Introduction
    2. Autonomy, Agency and Responsibility
    Part II. Respecting Persons, What We Owe Them:
    3. What Can Agents Reasonably Endorse?
    4. What We Informationally Owe Each Other
    Part III. Ensuring the Conditions of Agency:
    5. Freedom, Agency, and Information Technology
    6. Epistemic Paternalism and Social Media
    Part IV. The Responsibilities of Agents:
    7. Agency Laundering and Information Technologies
    8. Democratic Obligations and Technological Threats to Legitimacy
    9. Conclusions and Caveats.

  • Authors

    Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Alan Rubel is an Associate Professor at the Information School and the Center for Law, Society & Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a visiting scholar at the 4TU Centre for Ethics & Technology and Delft University of Technology, and a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

    Clinton Castro, Florida International University
    Clinton Castro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Florida International University.

    Adam Pham, California Institute of Technology
    Adam Pham is a Postdoctoral Instructor in Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the California Institute of Technology.

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