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Panoptykon wins Quantified Society grant

03.08.2015

Panoptykon Foundation have received the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund’s grant for investigation of the implications of algorithmically driven categorization and resource distribution to Poland’s 1.8 million unemployed citizens.

More and more decisions that determine our lives are made by algorithms using extensive data about citizens. Although societies are increasingly aware of the specter of constant surveillance as an invasion of privacy, implications of large-scale data collection, retention, and analysis—by corporations or governments – are not properly researched. To amend that gap the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund launched call for proposals to investigate the implications of algorithmic decision making for open society issues. Founders choose 12 projects form 10 countries, which results will help to better understand those problems – one of them is Panoptykon’s.

More information about call for proposals and projects that won funding: Preserving Open Society in a World Run by Algorithms and on the Open Society Foundations webpage.