Defence and security Think Tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has announced a new partnership with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to examine ways in which Government can maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (a recently-launched Government advisory body) is undertaking a review into bias in algorithmic decision-making in the crime and justice sector.
As part of this review, the Centre is developing a Code of Practice for the design, development and trialling of predictive policing technology that’s designed to assist in mitigating algorithmic bias while also addressing wider ethical concerns.
The Centre has commissioned RUSI to undertake an independent research study into how algorithmic tools are currently being used by police forces in England and Wales, along with the potential for biased outcomes for certain individuals or groups. The research will consist of interviews and round tables with local police forces, technology providers, civil liberties groups and others all involved.
The Centre and RUSI are focusing on predictive policing as previous RUSI research has identified significant gaps in the existing policy framework for the police service’s use of machine learning. In point of fact, there’s currently no national guidance available in terms of how these tools should be developed.