The Ethics of Algorithms: Key Problems and Solutions

32 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2020

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Andreas Tsamados

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute

Nikita Aggarwal

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; University of Oxford, Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Josh Cowls

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Jessica Morley

Oxford Internet Institute

Huw Roberts

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: July 28, 2020

Abstract

Research on the ethics of algorithms has grown substantially over the past decade. Alongside the exponential development and application of machine learning algorithms, new ethical problems and solutions relating to their ubiquitous use in society have been proposed. This article builds on a review of the ethics of algorithms published in 2016 (Mittelstadt et al. 2016). The goals are to contribute to the debate on the identification and analysis of the ethical implications of algorithms, to provide an updated analysis of epistemic and normative concerns, and to offer actionable guidance for the governance of the design, development and deployment of algorithms.

Keywords: Algorithm, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, Digital Ethics, Explainability, Fairness, Machine Learning, Privacy, Responsibility, Transparency, Trust

Suggested Citation

Tsamados, Andreas and Aggarwal, Nikita and Cowls, Josh and Morley, Jessica and Roberts, Huw and Taddeo, Mariarosaria and Floridi, Luciano, The Ethics of Algorithms: Key Problems and Solutions (July 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3662302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3662302

Andreas Tsamados

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Nikita Aggarwal

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Josh Cowls

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Jessica Morley

Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Huw Roberts

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Luciano Floridi (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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