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The Automated Decision-Making and Society Podcast Series Has Launched

Author Kathy Nickels
Date 28 June 2021

A new podcast series from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) features insights from researchers and industry experts on the potential and unseen impacts of automated decision-making on society. The series is available on our website, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

Utopian visions of automated decision-making (ADM) promise new levels of personalisation, control and choice in our future lives. Yet, we still know very little about how automated services are really being incorporated, re-invented or resisted as part of everyday lives. Automation has great potential benefits, but it can also create serious new risks to human rights and welfare.

This insightful and thought-provoking series features conversations with researchers and practitioners who are creating the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making.

The initial series explores the impacts of automation in news and media. The topics range from search personalisation, the spread of conspiracy theories; to the influence of metrics and algorithms on journalism, and the Facebook news ban.

This podcast series was created to spotlight the unseen social, cultural and institutional issues created by the rapid growth of technologies and automated decision-making systems in our society.

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Professor Julian Thomas, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society says that research across the Centre has the potential to shape policy and practice for governments, industry and non-profit sectors.

“A major priority of the Centre is to enhance public understanding and inform public debate on automated decision-making,” said Professor Thomas.

“This podcast series provides a great way for people to learn more about the current, critical problems we’re confronting in relation to automation and digital services”.

This series features national and international experts from industry and research in the fields of humanities, social and technological sciences. With informative discussions on the rapid expansion of automated decision-making, our experts discuss the issues associated with ADM and what we can do about them.

Listen to the Podcast now on the ADM+S website, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts

We’d like to thank Brooke Myler for her work in developing this series during her internship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for ADM+S.