Ensure equity in the impact of data science
Modern society is challenged by balancing the power of big data and its analysis with issues of privacy, equity, and safety. Safe use of data science includes making sure black-box solutions and machine learning methods also come with some certifiable guarantees that they will be unbiased, robust to uncertainties, and immune to deliberate attempts to compromise these properties. As data collection accelerates and use of data becomes increasingly tied to power and financial gain, WID data scientists are studying ways to ensure ethical and safe use of data that protect privacy and prevent bias.
A new era of data requires a fresh look at equity.
Much of WID's research contributes to the Data Equity Grand Challenge.
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