A feminist-inspired community-led social contract for improved transparency and engagement in algorithmic decision-making

In service of you and a vision for improved transparency and human agency in the interactions between people and algorithmic systems:
  • Bogdana Rakova, Mozilla Foundation, Senior Trustworthy AI Fellow
  • Megan Ma, Stanford Law School, CodeX Fellow
  • Renee Shelby, Sociology Department and Legal Studies Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

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"Power flows through governing bodies, social institutions, and micro-interactions, all of which engage with technologies of the time."

- Jenny Davis, Apryl Williams, and Michael W Yang
2021. Algorithmic reparation. Big Data & Society, 8(2), 20539517211044808.

Power and information asymmetries between people and digital technology companies have predominantly been legitimized through contractual agreements that have failed to provide diverse people with meaningful consent and contestability. We offer an interdisciplinary multidimensional perspective on the future of regulatory frameworks - the Terms-we-Serve-with (TwSw) social, computational, and legal contract for restructuring power asymmetries and center-periphery dynamics to enable improved human agency in individual and collective experiences of algorithmic harms.

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Join us in discussing this proposal at the Power Asymmetries track of the Connected Life Conference, Oxford Internet Institute

About us
  • Bogdana (Bobi) Rakova, Mozilla Foundation, Senior Trustworthy AI Fellow
    Bogdana is a Senior Trustworthy AI fellow at Mozilla. Her work investigates the intersection of people, trust, transparency, accountability, environmental justice, and technology. Previously, she was a research manager at Accenture’s Responsible AI team where she led consumer AI impact assessment projects across multiple industries. She was a mentor at the Assembly Ethics and Governance of AI program led by Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and MIT Media Lab. Bogdana held fellowships with Partnership on AI and the Amplified Partners venture fund. Previously she co-founded a company in the intersection of AI and the manufacturing space and spent more than four years in research and innovation labs in Silicon Valley including Samsung Research America and Singularity University, where she worked on building AI models. Influenced by her early life in post-communist Bulgaria, Bogdana is investigating the role of AI in strengthening civil society and democracy.
  • Megan Ma, Stanford Law School, CodeX Fellow 
  • Megan is a Fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Her research considers the limits of legal expression, in particular how code could become the next legal language. Dr. Ma is also Managing Editor of the MIT Computational Law Report and a Research Affiliate at Singapore Management University in their Centre for Computational Law. She received her PhD in Law at Sciences Po and was a lecturer there, having taught courses in Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning and Legal Semantics. She has previously been a Visiting PhD at the University of Cambridge and Harvard Law School respectively.
  • Renee Shelby, Google, Senior Responsible Innovation Researcher
    Renee (Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology), is jointly appointed in the Sociology Department and Legal Studies Program. She has research and teaching interests in feminist science studies, law and inequality, and sociology of the body. Her current project, “Designing Justice: Sexual Violence, Technology, and Citizen-Activism” examines how gender violence activists and state actors negotiate issues of sexual consent and mediate the experience of sexual violence through technological activism. “Designing Justice” advances understandings of the anti-sexual violence movement by shifting focus off protest-based action to the epistemic dimensions and organizational forms of counter public knowledge. Renee’s work appears in Feminist Media Studies, Theoretical Criminology, and Engaging Science and Technology Studies among others.

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