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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC and Maybe Your Hometown

EPIC: “The D.C. government outsources critical governmental decisions to automated decision-making systems in areas such as public benefits, healthcare, policing, and housing. As a result, District residents are surveilled, screened, and scored every day. But because of weak government transparency laws, opaque procurement processes, the power and influence of tech vendors, and the decline in local journalism, it has been difficult to uncover the details of how many automated decision-making systems are used in government programs.  EPIC spent 14 months investigating the D.C. government’s use of automated decision-making systems. This report [Screened & Scored in the District of Columbia] aims to shed light by providing as comprehensive a view as possible of the many automated decision-making systems that shape the course of District residents’ lives.”

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