Prof. dr. José van Dijck

Projects
Project
Public Values in the Algorithmic Society (ALGOSOC)
Role
Project Leader
Funding
NWO grant
Completed Projects
Project
Algorithmic Transparency in the Police: Key to Building Justified Trust? 01.09.2020 to 01.09.2020
General project description

Algorithms increasingly influence organizations in the public sector. Even though algorithms can strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the public sector, there is also reason for concern. Can we trust that these algorithms respect our privacy and work in a non-discriminatory manner? Researchers and citizen organizations call for algorithmic transparency since they expect that this will result in justified trust in the use of these algorithms. This research project investigates this claim through ethical research (mapping ethical dilemmas in algorithmic transparency for justified trust) and experimental research (understanding empirical relations between algorithmic transparency and trust) and design research (developing design principles for algorithmic transparency). The research objectives are to develop a thorough ethical and empirical understanding of algorithmic transparency and use this understanding to develop design principles to guide the development and implementation of (1) predictive policing algorithms for operational planning and (2) intake systems for crime reporting by citizens. We will focus specifically on the police since they are quite advanced in the use of these algorithms and this usage generates specific concerns in view of the key position of the police in dealing with conflict in our society. Our research combines knowledge from the humanities about ethics and ethical dilemma’s with knowledge from social science on empirical relations between transparency and trust. For the development of the design principles, we will also build upon knowledge from information systems research to ensure the validity and usefulness of these principles for designing algorithms.

Role
PhD Supervisor
Funding
NWO grant Open Competition SSH
Project
Peritia (Policy, Expertise & Trust in Action). 01.03.2020 to 01.05.2022
General project description

PERITIA – Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action – is an international research project exploring the conditions under which people trust expertise used for shaping public policy. Utrecht University's contribution to this larger H2020-proect concentrates on trust in expertise in a changing media and information landscape.

Role
Project Leader & Researcher
Funding
EU grant H2020 PROJECT no. 870883
Project members UU