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EIJC & Dataharvest is an annual, four-day conference, organised by Journalismfund.eu, which brings together journalism heavyweights, data specialists and coding whiz-kids to exchange skills and story ideas. EIJC18 & Dataharvest will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018. Like last year, place to be is the charming city of Mechelen, 20 minutes outside of Brussels and very easily accessible! Address is Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen at Thomas More University College - Campus De Vest. 

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Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non-profit organisation under Belgian law that aims to promote quality in-depth and cross-border journalism by giving working grants to journalists, by providing networking opportunities and by organising training sessions.

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Algorithm accountability [clear filter]
Friday, May 25
 

1:00pm CEST

What is Algorithmic Accountability Reporting? A primer
“Algorithms are black boxes protected by trade secrets and competition laws, encoded in software so complex that not even experts know how to decipher it.” That's a story often told and often believed. But it's not true at all. There are many ways to investigate automated decision making (ADM) systems, systems that have consequences for our societies. We'll present case studies, discuss methods and are eager to hear your ideas and stories as well.

Speakers
avatar for Lorenz Matzat

Lorenz Matzat

Co-Founder, AlgorithmWatch
Lorenz Matzat is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on local journalism, maps, algorithmic accountability and interactive applications.
avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Blacklisted in the global financial system - the flawed lists
In 2014, a mosque in North London received an unwelcome letter from its
bank. HSBC told the mosque's trustees their account would be closed in
eight weeks because they were "outside [the bank's] risk appetite". No
further explanation was given.

This episode was the consequence of risk scoring, an algorithm-driven
process which financial institutions use to decide whether customers may
be connected to illegal activity such as terrorism and money laundering.
The system brings huge potential for discriminatory impact on minority
groups.

The data and algorithms used to make these decisions are secret. But
last summer, an accidental leak granted us an opportunity to examine one
part of the risk scoring system. We analysed a copy of World-Check, a
privately-run database listing allegedly "high risk" people and
organisations. This secret database is one of the inputs used by HSBC
and others to make decisions about their customers.

Our investigation showed that much of this raw data was poor quality,
gleaned from Wikipedia or conspiracy-theory-promoting blogs,
and included false and outdated allegations linking innocent people to
terrorism or crime. Some of those accused had experienced similar
consequences to Finsbury Park Mosque, because the bank's algorithm
decided they were too risky. World-Check’s impact extends also to the
non-profit sector, as it is used by some to evaluate potential grantees.
We learned that human decision making could be subordinated to
the logic of the algorithm.

With the support of journalismfund.eu, we investigated the impact of
this database in six countries and coordinated publication.

We will tell the story, explain how we carried out our research, and
discuss the lessons for algorithmic accountability reporting. This will
include the challenges of finding human stories to explain abstract
systems and the questions raised by our work for further investigation.

Speakers
avatar for Jasmin Klofta

Jasmin Klofta

Investigative Reporter, NDR (ARD)
Jasmin Klofta is an investigative reporter from Hamburg. She works for PANORAMA (NDR/ARD) focusing on politics, digital economicy and surveillance.Jasmin Klofta ist eine Investigativjournalistin aus Hamburg. Sie arbeitet für das Politikmagazin PANORAMA (NDR/ARD) zu aktuellen Themen... Read More →
avatar for Tom Wills

Tom Wills

Data Journalist, Freelance
Tom's specialism is doing investigative journalism using computers.He was formerly Data Journalism Editor at The Times of London, where he led a team of four programmer-journalists using computational techniques for investigative research.Tom wrote his first computer program in QBasic... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C123
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am CEST

Is Youtube's AI deciding what you see?
AlgoTransparency is a software that automatically investigates which videos YouTube recommends to its users on different topics. Their aim is to study the bias of AI of platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others) and how they filter and recommend content to users today – i.e. helping to analyse the potential impact of this automated distribution of content on elections. AlgoTransparency helped journalists collect data about elections in the US, and the project was covered by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, Le Monde, and France Culture.

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Guillaume Chaslot

Guillaume Chaslot

Founder, AlgoTransparency
Ex-Google, working on understanding bias in platforms
avatar for Soline Ledésert

Soline Ledésert

Datashare product owner, ICIJ
As the product owner of Datashare at ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), I design and lead the development of Datashare, a free open-source desktop application which helps you safely and efficiently analyze documents. I am also a video journalist for French-German... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C123

1:00pm CEST

SyRI - Treating citizens as a risk
In SyRI, the System Risk Indication of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, personal data of Dutch citizens is collected and analyzed on a large scale. Using secret algorithms, citizens are then subjected to a risk analysis. When there is an increased risk of violating one of the many laws that SyRI covers, individuals are included in the Risk Reports Register, which is accessible to many government agencies. Every citizen can be secretly subjected to profiling in SyRI. He or she does not know what data or process of analysis was used to determined that he or she is a 'risk'. However, SyRI can have drastic consequences. Public authorities can take serious measures as a result of a risk statement, for instance by imposing fines, withdrawing benefits or even starting criminal proceedings. It is impossible for the citizen to find out how a risk report came about or to refute an incorrect report. In practice, this amounts to a reversal of the burden of proof. Tijmen Wisman and Ronald Huissen will present how an investigation into the system lead to a high-profile court challenge in the Netherlands.

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ronald Huissen

Ronald Huissen

Editor/campaigner, Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten
As an editor for Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten (Platform for civil rights protection) I report and do research on multiple privacy-related issues that have the special attention of NGO’s and individuals active within the Platform. Since 2009 I have covered topics as the Dutch... Read More →
avatar for Tijmen Wisman

Tijmen Wisman

Tijmen Wisman worked in the past for RFID Platform the Netherlands. He started his PhD on privacy in EU’s Internet of Things-policy in 2010. His research focusses on mandatory IoT-systems in the home and the car, smart meters and eCall, and how the European Commission interprets... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C123

2:45pm CEST

Datafied Humans: Scoring people and how to investigate it
Scoring people for creditworthiness has been done for decades in many countries. It has tremendous consequences for our lives: Do we get a mortgage, a mobile phone contract, a lease for an apartment? These and other decisions rest on credit scoring. But that's only part of the reason why it has always been controversial. Many systems have shown flaws, i.e. using wrong data, mixing up people with similar names, and in general working in a very opaque way. In this session, we'll present three investigations aimed at shedding more light on these systems: 'OpenSCHUFA' from Germany, investigating the dominant credit scoring company SCHUFA in Germany using a crowdsourcing approach, 'You are blacklisted' and 'The computers of the robo-judge e-Court', two investigations into the automated industry of private debt trade in the Netherlands, and 'The algorithm in your bank account', a coordinated six-country investigation of the impact of World-Check, a privately-run database listing allegedly "high risk" people and organisations. Please note: Because of the complexity of the projects, it is very likely that we will only be able to present them in this session. Discussion will happen in the following round-table slot.

Speakers
avatar for Karlijn Kuijpers

Karlijn Kuijpers

investigative journalist, Platform Investico
I am a freelance investigative journalist, working for several Dutch media. I'm interested in finance, economics, privacy and tech and environmental issues.
avatar for Lorenz Matzat

Lorenz Matzat

Co-Founder, AlgorithmWatch
Lorenz Matzat is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on local journalism, maps, algorithmic accountability and interactive applications.
avatar for Thomas Muntz

Thomas Muntz

Thomas Muntz (1987) studeerde politicologie en filosofie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, waar hij op dit moment junior docent Geschiedenis van de Filosofie is. Eerder was hij hoofdredacteur van deFusie en tegenwoordig maakt hij vast onderdeel uit van de Onderzoeksredactie van De... Read More →
avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →
avatar for Tom Wills

Tom Wills

Data Journalist, Freelance
Tom's specialism is doing investigative journalism using computers.He was formerly Data Journalism Editor at The Times of London, where he led a team of four programmer-journalists using computational techniques for investigative research.Tom wrote his first computer program in QBasic... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C123

4:30pm CEST

Roundtable Credit Scoring in Europe
In this roundtable we will discuss the investigartions presented in the session before (Datafied Humans: Scoring people and how to investigate it)

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karlijn Kuijpers

Karlijn Kuijpers

investigative journalist, Platform Investico
I am a freelance investigative journalist, working for several Dutch media. I'm interested in finance, economics, privacy and tech and environmental issues.
avatar for Lorenz Matzat

Lorenz Matzat

Co-Founder, AlgorithmWatch
Lorenz Matzat is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on local journalism, maps, algorithmic accountability and interactive applications.
avatar for Thomas Muntz

Thomas Muntz

Thomas Muntz (1987) studeerde politicologie en filosofie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, waar hij op dit moment junior docent Geschiedenis van de Filosofie is. Eerder was hij hoofdredacteur van deFusie en tegenwoordig maakt hij vast onderdeel uit van de Onderzoeksredactie van De... Read More →
avatar for Tom Wills

Tom Wills

Data Journalist, Freelance
Tom's specialism is doing investigative journalism using computers.He was formerly Data Journalism Editor at The Times of London, where he led a team of four programmer-journalists using computational techniques for investigative research.Tom wrote his first computer program in QBasic... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C123