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"Automating Anticorruption?"

Published inEthics and Information Technology, vol. 24, no. 8, 48
Publication date2022-11-09
First online date2022-11-09

The paper explores some normative challenges concerning the integration of Machine Learning (ML) algorithms into anti- corruption in public institutions. The challenges emerge from the tensions between an approach treating ML algorithms as allies to an exclusively legalistic conception of anticorruption and an approach seeing them within an institutional ethics of office accountability. We explore two main challenges. One concerns the variable opacity of some ML algorithms, which may affect public officeholders’ capacity to account for institutional processes relying upon ML techniques. The other pinpoints the risk that automating certain institutional processes may weaken officeholders’ direct engagement to take forward-looking responsibility for the working of their institution. We discuss why both challenges matter to see how ML algorithms may enhance (and not hinder) institutional answerability practices.

  • Corruption
  • Anticorrution
  • Accountability
  • Artificial Intellingence
  • Machine Learning
  • Political Theory
  • Political Philosophy
  • Algorithms
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CEVA, Emanuela, JIMENEZ GARCIA, Maria Carolina. ‘Automating Anticorruption?’. In: Ethics and Information Technology, 2022, vol. 24, n° 8, p. 48. doi: 10.1007/s10676-022-09670-x
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