Reporting on Algorithms

Seminar & Workshop: To Be Announced

Seminar: 5:00-6:30pm, January 26, 2018
Workshop: 10:00am-5:00pm, January 27, 2018

As our society grows increasingly dependent on data and computation, a dependence that often evolves invisibly, without any critical assessment or accountability, journalism needs to adapt responsibly-- finding and creating new kinds of stories that respond directly to this new societal condition. In the seminar, we will hear from reporters who rely heavily on computation as part of their reporting practice, and who look to algorithms/software as sources in a story. In the workshop, participants will learn various techniques for interrogating the algorithms and code that define our society. Here we will lean on experts from Computer Science as well as Statistics who are at the cutting edge of “explainable learning systems,” as well as journalists who have pulled off amazing analyses of algorithms at work allocating police resources, predicting the chance of recidivism in parole decisions, and even the very systems we rely on for searching the web or computing trending topics in social networks.