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Ed Felten, Freedom to Tinker, Predicts Challenges to Discriminatory Algorithms in Admissions

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Ed Felten has 39 predictions for 2009 up on the Freedom to Tinker blog. This one in particular caught my eye.

(12) An affirmative action lawsuit will be filed against a university, challenging the use of a software algorithm used in evaluating applicants.

Computer algorithms would seem to be the purest form of meritocracy. Of course computers don’t discriminate, people discriminate. Where there’s a program, there’s a programmer. It’s an astute observation I think. Time will tell.

Freedom to Tinker: Predictions for 2009

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