CITP Virtual Seminar: Miranda Bogen – Closing the Gap: Navigating Complexities and Contradictions In the Mitigation of Algorithmic Bias
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm est
Dozens of policy proposals and interventions have attempted to address actual and potential cases of algorithmic bias, particularly in systems that have consequential effects on people’s lives. While these proposals commonly include mandates for proactive measurement to detect such biases, they rarely specify how to accomplish what must come next: preventing or rectifying the observed fairness gaps. Technical researchers have made some progress toward the development of theoretical approaches to mitigating algorithmic bias, but these methods have tended to be misaligned with policy expectations, be inapplicable or insufficiently effective in critical circumstances where fairness mitigation is likely to be expected or required, and fail to grapple with practical constraints.
This talk will delve into key tensions and open questions that emerge when attempting to mitigate algorithmic bias, exploring the complex interplay between legal, technical, and policy realities that will need to be resolved in order to effectively tackle algorithmic bias.