Data & Society and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law have collaborated to publish two papers with recommendations around human rights and algorithmic impact assessments.
In the paper “Recommendations for Assessing AI Impacts to Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law,” our organizations emphasize that we are at a turning point for the future of algorithmic accountability. Numerous jurisdictions have already proposed legislation that would implement algorithmic impact as- sessments as a tool for bringing accountability to the algorithmic systems increasingly used across everyday life. Despite this heightened focus on impact assessments as an algorithmic governance mechanism, there is no standardised process for conducting such assessments that can be considered truly accountable.
This paper, written to provide recommendations to the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI) as they seek to develop a Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law Impact Assessment (HUDERIA), explores both the opportunities and limitations of impact assessments as a mechanism for holding AI systems accountable. Building on Data & Society’s Assembling Accountability: Algorithmic Impact Assessment for the Public Interest report, the paper also provides a framework for evaluating potential HUDERIA tools.