PAI Partner Roundtable: Demographic Data & Algorithmic Fairness






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Time: 9am PT / 12pm ET

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024

We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 30 at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 4pm GMT for a PAI Partner Roundtable focused on Algorithmic Fairness and Demographic Data. This one-hour, partner exclusive meeting will include presentations from Eliza McCullough (Partnership on AI) and Miranda Bogen (Center for Democracy and Technology). Janet Haven (Data & Society) and Daniel Ho (Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence) will discuss the policy landscape and guide us in an open Q&A.

Too often, algorithmic systems discriminate against historically marginalized groups. In response, policymakers have called for organizations that develop and use these systems to measure and remediate discrimination. This usually requires analysis of sensitive demographic data. However, practitioners often face barriers in obtaining this necessary data or otherwise conducting measurements to identify disparities, from legal constraints to privacy concerns. Even when practitioners can collect demographic data for assessment, data subjects (particularly marginalized data subjects) face many additional harms, like the expansion of surveillance infrastructure and group misidentification. These conflicting tensions highlight some of the fundamental barriers to addressing algorithmic bias: the apparent need to collect demographic data to address discrimination, the barriers to this collection, and the harms that can stem from the collection process.

The newly published reports “Navigating Demographic Measurement for Fairness and Equity” by the Center for Democracy and Technology and “Participatory & Inclusive Demographic Data Guidelines” by Partnership on AI attempt to resolve these key tensions.