AlgorithmWatch Switzerland: for greater transparency and regulation

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Life can be so simple. Our navigation devices guide us directly to our destinations, and we've now become accustomed to Netflix suggesting new films and series for us that match our tastes exactly. This is all made possible by algorithms – applications that automatically analyse data and prepare or make decisions. This process is difficult for users to follow, however.

Understanding algorithms better

This is where the pioneering project AlgorithmWatch Switzerland comes in. With the support of the Migros Pioneer Fund, this not-for-profit organisation aims to create a comprehensive understanding of algorithmic processes. Based on the model of its German counterpart, AlgorithmWatch Switzerland analyses algorithms and formulates concrete recommendations for action. Its aim: more transparency and better regulation.

Why do we need AlgorithmWatch?

The organisation helps experts from a variety of disciplines to design algorithmic processes in a comprehensible way. Because society will only trust algorithm-based decision-making processes if it actually knows and understands them. It needs to know:

  • how algorithms work,
  • what their purpose is,
  • how far they can be controlled.

AlgorithmWatch Switzerland explains algorithms to a wide audience. This promotes knowledge at every level, from companies and public administrations to the media, political decision-makers and, of course, the users themselves.

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