AI and Society (4):957-967 (2020)

Luciano Floridi
Oxford University
Silvia Milano
Oxford University
This article presents the first, systematic analysis of the ethical challenges posed by recommender systems through a literature review. The article identifies six areas of concern, and maps them onto a proposed taxonomy of different kinds of ethical impact. The analysis uncovers a gap in the literature: currently user-centred approaches do not consider the interests of a variety of other stakeholders—as opposed to just the receivers of a recommendation—in assessing the ethical impacts of a recommender system.
Keywords algorithms  Artificial Intelligence  digital ethics  ethical trade-offs  ethics of recommendation  machine learning  recommender systems
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-020-00950-y
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