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Thursday, September 20 • 10:00am - 10:30am
How algorithms shape our lives: evaluating the unseen

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Increasingly decisions about our lives are being made by algorithms. This is the case across government, large corporates and social networking platforms. Algorithms at Centrelink decide whether you are targeted for debt recovery, while those at the bank decide whether you get a home loan and Facebook decides what 'fake news' will appear in your feed. In some cases, such as Centrelink robodebt and Facebook fake news scandals, the poor outcomes have been widely and publicly criticised. In many other cases, you are probably not even aware if, and how, an algorithm is making decisions about your life.  

This session explores the ways in which algorithms shape our everyday lives and the role evaluation has to play in safeguarding us from these unseen decision makers.

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Clara Walker

Evaluation Coordinator, Cancer Council Victoria
I am an evaluator with experience working in government, health service delivery and preventative health. In my current role, I am working to integrate monitoring and evaluation into a statewide, complex health promotion program. I am interested in the design and conduct of evaluation... Read More →

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Kristy Hornby

Senior Manager - Victorian Government Account Lead, Grosvenor Performance Group
I love it when work feels like joy. It flows when I know I’m doing good work, when I’m discussing ideas with great people, when I’m doing work with social purpose, and I get lost in time.In my work at Grosvenor, I lead our Melbourne team to meet client expectations, build their... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am AEST
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