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The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law is delighted to host Doctor Kate Vredenburgh for the fifth workshop in the 2023/24 KJuris programme.


The Limits of Explainability for Reducing Algorithmic Discrimination


Proponents of algorithmic decision-making have argued that the use of algorithms can reduce discrimination, against the baseline of human decision-making. One reason is the greater explainability of the models, or the ability to provide information so that people can understand how inputs influence outputs. This talk examines the relationship between discrimination and explainability. I will argue that people are at least as explainable as AI for the purposes of detecting discrimination, and that explanations of particular algorithmic decisions are of limited use in providing legal proof to combat discrimination. These two claims should lead us to think that algorithmic decision-making is not preferable to human decision-making on the grounds that discrimination can be made more transparent and provable.

Author Bio

Kate Vredenburgh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and
Scientific Method
at the London School of Economics. She works on topics in the philosophy of social science, political philosophy, and the philosophy of technology.

At this event

Massimo Renzo

Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law

Todd  Karhu

Lecturer in Philosophy

Event details

Room SW 1.17, The Dickson Poon School of Law, First Floor, Somerset House East Wing, King's College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS