Why the government’s Data Science Ethical Framework is a recipe for disaster

‘Government leaders must be literate and competent in the areas that they promote as catalysts for change and not leave citizens to the vagaries of data science’ The UK government, as part of its ‘Digital Economy’ initiative, has released with great fanfare the Data Science Ethical Framework. Its ministerial champion has characterised it as ‘harnessing the progressive power of data science while protecting the public’. It does neither, but clearly illuminates the lengths to which the government (along with others) will go in trying to influence and dictate behaviour in areas where they have no literacy at all with respect to understanding the underlying capabilities (data, analytics and algorithms) or the consequences of the harm that can come if left to their own devices. Ever since the notion of big…


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