The Commission is carrying out an in-depth analysis into algorithmic transparency. A study supports this exercise by raising awareness and gathering evidence about the challenges and opportunities of algorithmic decisions.

The Project and its objectives

The project has three main goals:

  1. Create a wider understanding of the role algorithms play on online platforms and raise public debate on emerging issues raised by their use;
  2. Identify and establish a solid evidence-base about the main issues in algorithmic decision-making;
  3. Propose solutions for a selection of issues, including policy, technology and private sector and civil society-driven actions.

The project builds on existing research and follows an open, participatory approach to policy design. The Commission will engage with experts, academics, industry, civil society and policy-makers throughout the project.  

Why algorithmic awareness matters

Algorithmic transparency is an important safeguard for accountability and fairness in decision-making. From various AI applications to ranking results in search engines, algorithms govern the way we access information online. This has large implications for consumers and businesses in areas such as online platforms. Understanding algorithmic transparency in an in-depth manner is key for informed policy-making.

Following a proposal of the European Parliament, the European Commission is carrying out an in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities in algorithmic decision-making.

A 16-month study, started in March 2018 supports this work. The study will conduct an in-depth analysis of the role of algorithms, in particular how they shape, filter or personalise the information flows that they intermediate.