Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2022 (Artificial Administration): Some Reading

This year’s Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium kicks off next week with Professor Catherine Sharkey of New York University. The Colloquium will be virtual and, of course, free of charge. You can register here.

Professor Sharkey will be discussing the report she co-authored for the Administrative Conference of the United States on artificial intelligence in US federal agencies: Government by Algorithm.

Here is the schedule for this year’s Colloquium:

Tuesday, February 8, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Catherine Sharkey (NYU), Government by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in Federal Administrative Agencies

Tuesday, February 15, 2021: 20.30 EST to 22.00 EST

Janina Boughey (UNSW), The Automated State

Tuesday, March 8, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Sunny Kang (Eightfold AI), Algorithmic Accountability in Public Administration: the GDPR Paradox

Tuesday, March 22, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Teresa Scassa (Ottawa), Administrative Law and the Governance of Automated Decision-making

Tuesday, April 5, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Jennifer Cobbe (Cambridge), Reviewable Automated Decision-making

As in previous years, I have collected some materials which might be of interest for attendees at the Colloquium:

Again, register here.

Here is the description of this year’s Colloquium:

In the era of Big Data, governments and public entities are turning more and more to automation, digitization and machine learning to operate more effectively and efficiently. The extent of technological change in and on public administration is difficult to quantify, but concern has grown about the use of cutting-edge algorithms and forms of artificial intelligence to support governmental operations. There have been high-profile examples of maladministration causing interference with privacy interests or the unlawful withdrawal of benefits. States have responded by developing regulatory frameworks, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union and the Directive on Automated Decision-Making in Canada. Are these frameworks sufficiently robust to cabin automated decision-making, digitization and use of machine learning? Do we need new accountability mechanisms to deal with rapid technological evolution in the machinery of government? And what role for judicial review, as the rise of a “culture of justification” in administrative law and the expansion of the “duty of fairness” impose strict requirements of justification, intelligibility and transparency which machines might not be able to meet? Speakers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will reflect on these questions and others during the 2022 Colloquium.

This content has been updated on April 13, 2022 at 22:44.