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Professor Louise Amoore Provides Evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee on 'Algorithms in Decision Making'

(15 November 2017)

The Science and Technology Committee held its first evidence session on 'Algorithms in Decision Making' on Tuesday 14th November, 2017 10:00am at Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House.

Watch the session online at Parliament TV.



  • Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society
  • Professor Nick Jennings, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Adrian Weller, Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
  • Professor Louise Amoore, Durham University


  • Silkie Carlo, Senior Advocacy Officer, Liberty
  • Dr Sandra Wachter, Lawyer and Researcher in Data Ethics, AI, and Robotics, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Dr Pavel Klimov, Chair, Law Society’s Technology and the Law Group

This was the first evidence session of the 'algorithms in decision-making' inquiry. The topic was pitched to the Committee earlier this year by Sense About Science, as part of the Committee's "My Science Inquiry" initiative.

The first panel examined both the current and future uses of algorithms in decision-making, as well as looking at algorithmic bias, and whether and how algorithmic decision-making can be conducted in a 'transparent' and 'accountable' way.

The second panel considered some of the methods for providing oversight of algorithms, including the role of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).