"Algorithmic systems are being applied in institutional settings, which have issues of caste, race, etc., very deeply embedded. Not just the algorithm, but the entire system needs to be held accountable," said Urvashi Aneja, founding director of Tandem Research at the round-table on algorithmic accountability in India, hosted by Divij Joshi, tech policy fellow at Mozilla. Several speakers at the discussion called for greater accountability of algorithmic systems being deployed by the state, often in partnership with private entities, and concurred that current accountability measures are not enough. The discussion was held in partnership with MediaNama. Following is Part of I of our notes from the discussion, and you can find Part II here. Quotes have been edited for clarity. Should states deploy algorithmic systems? State could be a laggard if it doesn't engage in database-driven governance: There is a need for…
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