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Tue, 11 May 2021 09:25:51 +0300
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We invite you to attend the next Seminar in a series of talks in Fairness,
Accountability, Transparency and Ethics in Algorithmic Systems, organized
by the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency. This seminar will be
given by  Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren, Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University,
Faculty of Law.

*Title: *Contesting Algorithms: Restoring the public interest in content
filtering by artificial intelligence
Location: Online
Registration Link:
Date and Time: 13/05/2021, 17:00 – 18:00 EET

*Abstract*:  In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been
deployed by online platforms to filter allegedly illegal expressions. AI
filters carry censorial power which could bypass traditional checks and
balances secured by law. This dramatic shift in norm setting and law
enforcement is potentially game-changing for democracy. The opaque and
dynamic nature of AI-based filters creates barriers to oversight. The
system conceals critical value choices and tradeoffs. Currently, we lack
adequate tools to hold these systems accountable. In this presentation I
propose to address this gap by an adversarial procedure – Contesting
Algorithms. The rationale behind contesting algorithms is to deliberately
introduce friction into dominant removal systems governed by AI.
Algorithmic content moderation often seeks to optimize a single goal, such
as removing copyright-infringing materials or blocking hate speech, while
other values in the public interest, such as fair use or free speech, are
often neglected. Contesting algorithms introduce an adversarial design
which reflects conflicting values, and thereby may offer a check on
dominant removal systems. The presentation will introduce the strategy of
Contesting Algorithms, discuss its promises and limitations, and
demonstrate how regulatory measures could promote the development and
implementation of this strategy in online content moderation. Elkin-Koren
N. Contesting algorithms: Restoring the public interest in content
filtering by artificial intelligence. Big Data & Society. July 2020.

*Bio*:Niva Elkin-Koren is a Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University Faculty
of Law, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet &
Society at Harvard University. She was the founding director of the Center
for Cyber, Law and Policy (CCLP) and of the Haifa Center for Law &
Technology (HCLT). During 2009-2012 she served as Dean of the Faculty of
Law at the University of Haifa. Prof. Elkin-Koren has been a Visiting
Professor of Law at Harvard University, Columbia Law School, UCLA, NYU,
George Washington University and Villanova University School of Law. She is
the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council, of the Alexander von Humboldt
Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, a member of the Executive
Committee of Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in
Intellectual Property (ATRIP), and a board member of the MIPLC Scientific
Advisory Board at the Munich IP Law Center, Max Planck Institute for
Innovation and Competition. Prof. Elkin-Koren received her LL.B from
Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1989, her LL.M from Harvard Law
School in 1991, and her S.J.D from Stanford Law School in 1995. Her
research is located at the intersection of law, computer science and data
science. She has written extensively on content moderation by social media
platforms, enforcement by platforms, user rights in social media and the
regulation of digital platforms.


Styliani Kleanthous, Ph.D

CyCAT - Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency

Open University of Cyprus

Phone: 22411904



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