Agency Laundering and Algorithmic Decision Systems

In N. Taylor, C. Christian-Lamb, M. Martin & B. Nardi (eds.), Information in Contemporary Society (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) (Proceedings of the 2019 iConference). Springer Nature. pp. 590-598 (2019)

Alan Rubel
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Clinton Castro
Florida International University
This paper has two aims. The first is to explain a type of wrong that arises when agents obscure responsibility for their actions. Call it “agency laundering.” The second is to use the concept of agency laundering to understand the underlying moral issues in a number of recent cases involving algorithmic decision systems. From the Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Washington D.C., March 31-April 3, 2019.
Keywords Algorithms  Big data  Information ethics  Agency  Agency laundering
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