Seeing without knowing: Limitations of the transparency ideal and its application to algorithmic accountability

  title={Seeing without knowing: Limitations of the transparency ideal and its application to algorithmic accountability},
  author={Mike Ananny and K. Crawford},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  pages={973 - 989}
  • Mike Ananny, K. Crawford
  • Published 2018
  • Computer Science
  • New Media & Society
  • Models for understanding and holding systems accountable have long rested upon ideals and logics of transparency. Being able to see a system is sometimes equated with being able to know how it works and govern it—a pattern that recurs in recent work about transparency and computational systems. But can “black boxes’ ever be opened, and if so, would that ever be sufficient? In this article, we critically interrogate the ideal of transparency, trace some of its roots in scientific and… CONTINUE READING
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