Just a short post to say I’ll be off to Philadelphia tomorrow for the annual IRE conference, where I’ll be moderating a panel – called Investigating Black Boxes – on digging into the algorithms that increasingly rule our lives.
The good news is that you don’t actually have to listen very much to anything I have to say; there are way smarter people on the panel, including Julia Angwin, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Nick Diakopoulos. And, of course, we’re expecting and hoping for lots of participation from the audience.
It’s a really interesting topic that all of them have worked on before (here, here and here, among other things), and certainly I’ve been fascinated by, as I’ve noted here and here. We’re not planning on the normal panel format of presentations, but more a roundtable discussion of topics we’ve identified, from the difficulty of reverse-engineering algorithms to the new legal and regulatory issues to why the subject even matters. The goal is lots of discussion and interaction.
So please come by if you’re at the IRE conference. The panel is on at 9:40 am on Saturday, iIn rooms Franklin 3 & 4, wherever that is.
I’m looking forward to it, and to the rest of the conference. It’s always a great opportunity to catch up with friends. And drink. Not necessarily in that order.