Anti-corruption (and mismanagement) in the Age of AI and Algocracy – ‘She won’t be right mate’

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We are seeing the rapid emergence of what John Danaher has called an ‘Algocracy’ – the rise of algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in making decisions in both public and private sectors. This ups the ante for enhancing the transparency and accountability that underpin contemporary democratic socio-economic and legal structures at a time when these structures are facing unprecedented challenges.

The Robodebt Royal Commission has exposed the dire consequences of misuse of technology, and the algorithm used was not even AI. The Robodebt fiasco might pale compared to the scale and significance of potential corruption and mismanagement with the more widespread availability and application of AI.

Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationANZSOG
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2024

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