On May 2nd 2023, we held Session VII of the Speaker Series ‘Social Policy Unpacked: Exploring pathways for fair green and digital transitions’, co-hosted by the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies and the European Commission (DG EMPL).
Prof. Karen Yeung (University of Birmingham) provided insight into the rise and risks of digital technology in public administration, and the role European constitutional principles can play to mitigate their harms.
Engage with materials from the event below.
Explore her most recent book, Algorithmic Regulation (co-edited with Martin Lodge, published by Oxford University Press, 2019).
Algorithmic decision-making and data-driven technologies can save money, reduce work, and quicken decisions, and have therefore been taken up across public administrations in the drive for efficiency. These technologies can also cause serious harm, e.g. through biased crime prediction algorithms. How do these technologies magnify asymmetries of power between state and citizen, and what steps can be taken to maintain fair and just societies that protect the rights of individuals?
- How did the ‘digital turn’ in public administration come to be?
- Could these new technologies lead to more effective administration or enable governments to overreach their power?
- How can we foster digital transitions that are fair and just?