Monday, September 5, 2016

Computers and Law Special Edition on Algorithmic Governance




As part of the Algocracy and Transhumanism project I am running, myself and my colleague Dr. Rónán Kennedy put together a special edition of the journal/magazine Computers and Law on the topic of algorithmic governance. It consists of a diverse range of articles on the increasingly prominent role of algorithms in decision-making, and the implications this has for the law. The special edition arose from a workshop we held on the topic back in March 2016.

Readers who have been following my work on this topic might be interested in reading it, particularly the contributions from other authors who share neither my views or analytical perspective on this topic. Details and short descriptions below:




  • Towards Open Government: Niall Ó Brolcháin asks how sovereign governments that were constituted in a bygone age can move into a new technological era that demands openness and transparency.



  • The Legal Consequences of Genetic PredictionAisling de Paor highlights some of the ethical and legal concerns arising with use of algorithms based on genetic information, and advocates the need to appropriately control and regulate these new technologies.

  • When Algorithms Kill: Peter Gallagher considers the autonomous weapons debate in international humanitarian law

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