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Ethical questions around the use of AI and algorithms in society to be explored by MPs

9 October 2020

MPs will question experts in data ethics and governance to examine how people are impacted by increasingly data-driven services and automated decisions, for example in education, banking or insurance, including concerns about infringement on freedoms and rights.

Used in contexts from online shopping to essential healthcare services, the role of AI and algorithms in everyday life is growing.

Purpose of the session

A key focus will be on whether existing frameworks for regulating data use are sufficient and how practices can be improved to prevent future harm. Issues such as transparency around data collection and use, bias in algorithms and the influence of ‘smart’ devices are among those to be considered. MPs will also seek expert perspectives on the Government’s National Data Strategy, announced last month, and the use of data during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tuesday 13 October

At 10am

  • Dr. Jeni Tennison, Vice-President, Open Data Institute
  • Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute
  • Dr. Jiahong Chen, Research Fellow in IT Law at Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham 

Further information

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