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Choice Group Seminar by Henrik Kugelberg (LSE): ‘Responsibility for algorithmic injustice’

8 May, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Abstract: Algorithmic systems often produce unjust outputs. However, there is widespread disagreement over how this injustice should be understood, conceptualised, and measured. There is also disagreement over what kind of responsibility is appropriate for addressing the wrongs. This paper examines two prominent accounts for analysing algorithmic injustices: the local distributive model and the structural injustice framework. The former focuses on developing statistical criteria for measuring unequal algorithmic outputs, whilst the latter highlights systemic societal injustices. The article proposes that neither view is fully apt for theorising algorithmic injustice. The local distributive model helps us see that algorithmic injustices are at their core distributive but overlooks normatively relevant factors, whereas the structural injustice framework shows how injustices often have structural features, whilst leaving insufficient space for individual and corporate responsibility. By synthesising insights from both views, the paper outlines a new way forward for theorising algorithmic injustice.

Henrik Kugelberg is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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8 May
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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