Why I Have (Some) Hope for the Future of Automated Decision Making

The release of technology without any forethought to its impact has been creating detrimental effects in ways that cannot be easily undone due to the continuously intertwining nature of technology in daily life. These effects range from massive data breaches of personal information to surveillance capitalism. 

However, it’s the increasing digitization of decision making that is the most pressing issue currently facing society due to its wide ranging implications. Automated decision making impacts everything from suggesting your next Netflix show to pre-trial assessments, credit scores, and government service delivery. Algorithms running rampant have also allowed fake news to flourish across the globe, disintegrating the fabric of society and its trust in institutions.

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Open Internet for Democracy Initiative Advocacy Playbook

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) have come together to create the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative, which seeks to build a network of open Internet advocates who champion the democratic values and principles that should guide the future development of the Internet. 

The Open Internet for Democracy Advocacy Playbook serves as a companion piece to the Democratic Principles for an Open Internet, which is a framework for understanding what principles must be upheld in order for the internet to foster democracy.

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