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Tell us what you think of how sites and apps use algorithms
The BCS Policy team is looking to submit our members' views to the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF). To make our impact as a membership body, we need the opinions of our member experts (that's you) to help us inform our official BCS response to this consultation.
Four government regulators are jointly calling for members' thoughts on the risks and benefits of the different ways that algorithms are used. The DRCF is made up of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and the Office of Communications (Ofcom).
The consultation's wide-ranging remit includes apps and websites, through to the decisions AI takes that can influence an exam outcome, a loan decision or a job application.
To make our impact as a BCS membership body, we need the opinions of our member experts (that's you) to help us form our official BCS response to this consultation.
If you can help us, please can you read the papers below and submit your thoughts by Friday 3 June 2022.
- Auditing algorithms: the existing landscape, role of regulators and future outlook - BCS Briefing (PDF)
- Auditing algorithms: the existing landscape, role of regulators and future outlook - BCS Response (PDF)
- The benefits and harms of algorithms: a shared perspective from the four digital regulators - BCS Briefing (PDF)
You can submit your response in the form below or you can email email@example.com if you have any questions.
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