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We need an Accountability for Algorithms Act

The Ofqual scandal was the tip of the iceberg. Time to restore control

By Helen Mountfield and Josh Simons  

Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto/PA Images

The students who stood outside the Department for Education this summer protesting the Ofqual algorithm did something few before have managed: they made algorithms political. They showed the unfair human impact of “predictive” technologies. Instead of passively describing how AI will reshape our world, these students injected human agency into the debate. They reminded us that we must choose what we ask AI tools to do for us. We must decide how we want algorithms to reshape our world, not reshape our…

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