Algorithmic Explainability Working Group: Discussion Note 01

Automated Decision Systems (ADS) have proliferated in recent years, in India as elsewhere, enabled by a rise in big data. They are increasingly crucial components of consumer-market and citizen-state interaction. Thinking through effective, holistic regulatory guidelines that can inform both self- and government regulatory frameworks is therefore critical. A rich body of literature and experience shows the potential downsides of poorly implemented ADS in the absence of such frameworks.

The Working Group on FATE (Fair, Accountable, Trustworthy and Explainable) Standards for ADS in India, anchored by IDFC Institute’s Data Governance Network and CPC Analytics, aims to develop such frameworks for specific use cases. This discussion paper summarises the key takeaways from its first session with a diverse group of academic, industry and policy experts. These takeaways will inform the Working Group’s scope of work.

Note: This work was done by the author/s when they were a part of the IDFC Institute and is republished here with permission.