Development of industry Standards and Certification on Algorithmic Bias

As part of the UnBias stakeholder engagement work for developing and promoting system design methodologies to address issues of algorithmic system bias, we have been collaborating with the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems through leadership on two work activities related to algorithmic bias.

  1. The IEEE P7003 Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations working group, chaired by Ansgar Koene and supported by Liz Dowthwaite, who acts as secretary for the working group. This activity started in February 2017 and is expected to conclude with a published IEEE Standard in the run of 2020. The working group comprises of participants from Academia, NGOs, Industry and the Public-Sector from all continents. As part of this work we ran two face-to-face work meetings that were hosted by EY, one at the end of February 2019 in London, and one at the start of August 2019 in Singapore.
  2. At the end of 2018 IEEE launched an Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPASI), which brings together public sector, industry and academics to develop a framework for certification of algorithmic systems regarding aspects such as Bias, Transparency and Accountability. Starting from March 2019, Ansgar took leadership of the Bias Expert Focus Group that is developing the certification framework on Algorithmic Bias. Since early May the working group has been meeting once a week to develop the program, with the aim of completing a full draft by the end of 2019.

In addition to the Standard and Certification activities, Ansgar also joined the IEEE European Public Policy Committee on ICT, where he is now developing a policy statement on “The Rights of Children in the Digital Age”. As part of his participation in this committee, Ansgar was also invited to the 1st Austrian IFIP Forum on “AI and future society” in Vienna, where he presented results from the IEEE Standards activities, the UnBias “Fairness Toolkit” and our engagement with the 5Rights work on the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design code.

The work with the IEEE P7003 working group has also resulted in publications: