We Sued for Your Bots

Mar 14, 2017 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
We Sued for Your Bots


Christian Sandvig

University of Michigan

Esha Bhandari

American Civil Liberties Union

Forget chatbots. Hello, fairnessbots. Did the employment website send your application to the bottom of the pile? Were there apartments for sale that your search never found? Researchers, activists, and journalists are now using bots, scrapers, and sock-puppets on your behalf, testing opaque Internet platforms to ensure that you are treated fairly. Exciting new work in machine learning and computational journalism answers these questions. Yet the people who do it are stymied by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the antiquated US anti-hacking law. As lead plaintiff and counsel, we'll tell the story of the 2016 ACLU challenge to the law, then speak to the future of fairness and its enemies.

Primary Access: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Access: Music Badge, Artist Wristband, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Advanced