Ethics of Automated Decision Making; Heteromation

The readings on the algorithmic automation of welfare last week led to a lively conversation on the recasting of social work as information processing, the role of tech corporations in designing the “digital welfare state”, and the institutional and physical architectures (the poorhouse) that preceded and prefigured its workings. As a group, we decided to delve more into the regulations around automated decision making systems, to discuss ethical frameworks for their design, and to also consider the role of humans in these systems.
The three short readings below tackle these topics:

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