The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties. The ISP's work includes copyright, media law and policy, transparency, and privacy.
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The Black Box Society: The Hidden Algorithms Behind Money and Information
Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information? The Black Box Society argues that we all need to be able to do so—and to set limits on how big data affects our lives.
Hidden algorithms can make (or ruin) reputations, decide the destiny of entrepreneurs, or even devastate an entire economy. Shrouded in secrecy and complexity, decisions at major Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms were long assumed to be neutral and technical. But leaks, whistleblowers, and legal disputes have shed new light on automated judgment. Self-serving and reckless behavior is surprisingly common, and easy to hide in code protected by legal and real secrecy. Even after billions of dollars of fines have been levied, underfunded regulators may have only scratched the surface of this troubling behavior.
"The Denigration of Jurisprudence"
BIO: Susannah Pollvogt's primary area of scholarly interest is the law of equal protection, in particular the doctrine of animus. She has published numerous articles and essays in this area, and is active as an amicus in litigation touching on equal protection issues.
Professor Pollvogt also specializes in assisting students in developing academic skills and passing the bar exam. She has a particular interest in methods of active learning and self-assessment.