10 November seminar: “The Bias of Automation” with Prof Mark Andrejevic

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 10am – 11:30am 

Please join us for this online seminar hosted by the Deakin Science and Society Network’s Data Cultures theme. You can join the conversation on Twitter by following us at @SSNDeakin and using the hashtags #SSNseminar #DataCultures.

Just as the adoption of market solutions to address social issues incorporates a “bias” toward forms of value that can be quantified, the choice to adopt automated systems for sense making and decision-making processes within the contemporary social context entails an embedded set of logics. This talk proposes a partial taxonomy of such logics through a series of concrete examples, focusing in particular on “pre-emption,” “operationalism,” “framelessness,” and “environmentality.” The goal of such a formulation is to start to build a framework for anticipating the social issues that are likely to come to the fore as we rely increasingly on automated media systems in a growing range of social spheres.


About the speaker:

Mark Andrejevic is Professor of Media Studies in the School of Media, Film, and Journalism at Monash University. He heads the Automated Society Working Group at Monash and is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society.

About the respondents:

Shiri Krebs is a Senior Lecturer and HDR Director at Deakin University’s Law School, and Research Division Leader of the Law, Regulation, and Strategic Policy research group at Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre (CSRI). Dr Krebs is also an affiliated scholar at the Stanford Centre for International Security and cooperation (CISAC). Dr Krebs’ research focuses on data governance and human-machine interaction in technology- assisted legal decision-making, at the intersection of law, science and technology.

Leonard Hoon is a Senior Research Fellow in the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, leading the Health Technologies and AI Ethics portfolios for the institute, and is a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Hub for Digital Enhanced Living. Leonard leverages his background in software engineering, usability and product management to enable research translation. Dr Hoon operates in discovery through to delivery of commercial research projects for the institute including work in human factors, natural language processing and the operationalisation of artificial intelligence.