A Critical Assessment of the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022

8 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2022

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Furkan Gursoy

University of Houston

Ryan Kennedy

University of Houston

Ioannis Kakadiaris

University of Houston

Date Written: March 3, 2022

Abstract

On April 3rd, 2022, a group of US lawmakers introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022. The legislation proposed by Democrats requires sizable entities to conduct impact assessments for automated decision systems deployed for a set of critical decisions. The bill comes at an opportune moment because algorithms have an increasingly substantial influence on human lives, and topics such as transparency, explainability, fairness, privacy, and security are receiving growing attention from researchers and practitioners. This article examines the bill by (i) developing a critical summary and (ii) identifying and presenting ten ambiguities and potential shortcomings for debate. This study paves the way for further discussions to shape algorithmic accountability regulations.

Keywords: algorithmic accountability, automated decision systems, augmented critical decision processes, artificial intelligence, impact assessments, legislation

JEL Classification: K29, K49, O32, O38

Suggested Citation

Gursoy, Furkan and Kennedy, Ryan and Kakadiaris, Ioannis, A Critical Assessment of the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022 (March 3, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4193199 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4193199

Furkan Gursoy

University of Houston ( email )

4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
United States

Ryan Kennedy

University of Houston ( email )

4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
United States

Ioannis Kakadiaris (Contact Author)

University of Houston ( email )

4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
United States

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