Editorial group: Matthias Spielkamp, Lorenz Matzat
Journalismfund.eu contact: Brigitte Alfter
It is a rather recent development that journalists cover algorithmically controlled automation processes and their effects on society. Stories on criminal justice, credit scoring and predictive policing have raised a lot of attention. Still, it is a rather unclear which systems are deployed and reward reporting resources by newsrooms. Also, in many cases it proves difficult to develop research adequate methods to probe such systems.
The objective of this year’s algorithmic accountability reporting track is to convene pioneer journalists and academics in the field, discuss potential story ideas, methods and opportunities for cooperation. We will also showcase examples of recent algorithmic accountability reporting.
Following the enthusiasm of the ‘Algorithm Accountability Roundtable’ at the EIJC17, we’ll try to develop the European network of journalists and others interested in and covering algorithms.