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"The Seven-Year Struggle to Hold an Out-of-Control Algorithm to Account"

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The White House did not propose legislation, the creation of a new agency, or any other holistic measure to regulate automated systems. It did issue a list of actions agencies are taking within their current mandates, such as an effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish standards for home valuation algorithms.

Meanwhile, there are people fighting for algorithmic accountability all over the world without any of these rights to back them up. So I thought this would be a good moment to highlight one of the most gruesome struggles out there—the story of the out-of-control automated system that was inflicted on the people of Michigan.