How Should Government Agencies Regulate Data Science?

In May of this year, The United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service released a paper titled, the “Data Science Ethical Framework.”  Although it is not a legally binding document, the paper was designed as a guide for government employees, and is a template for the appropriate and ethical uses of data science.  It gives government employees the confidence to use innovative data science methods, and the tools to avoid ethically questionable projects. In the paper’s introduction, the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, said that, “Data science carries both huge opportunities and a duty of care.” He continued, This document is… bringing together the relevant law in the context of new technology, and prompting consideration of public reaction so that government data scientists and policymakers can be confident…


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