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Widening The Historical Inequalities due to Algorithmic Divide

Tackled:

  • Algorithm (“a set of rules a machine follows to achieve a particular goal”) promoting discrimination through widening the historical inequalities
  • algorithm = by-product of artificial intelligence > big contributor facilitating discriminatory practices in today’s democratic regime.
  • mobile phones, laptops, televisions, etc.  made of very precise algorithms as they run on a computer program which is itself an implemented algorithm
  • leading to a stage of blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the marginalized and minority fragment of the society.
  • algorithms which classify personal data + trace them accordingly to generate the subject => classification
  • filters + criteria for classification
  • Bias =  situation where conditions are less favourable for one group as compared to the other group & when there is no justification available to showcase such differential behavior.
  • human rights issue > miscategorising >subjugation of disparities between white people and black people => racist algorithm
  • gender bias
  • bias in Word-embedding
  • socio-political hegemony on the roots of historical inequalities

The Human Rights Blog

Sahajveer Baweja


As the dependency on using algorithms has rapidly increased due to its capability of doing a multifarious task with ease, it is necessary to understand that how algorithms are also one of the biggest facilitators of discriminatory practices. In this article, the focus has been laid on how the algorithm is promoting discrimination through widening the historical inequalities. The adequate focus has been given to explain the components of an algorithm such as opacity and automated-decision making capacity, which is mainly showing such discriminatory results thereby, violating the right to equal treatment and non-discrimination.

Understanding the algorithmic divide

An algorithm that is a by-product of artificial intelligence is one such big contributor that is facilitating discriminatory practices in today’s democratic regime. The word algorithm has seen a transitional shift from just being a technical, mathematical terminology exclusively used by computer scientists and mathematicians to a term that is…

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