A-Z Popular Blog Ethics Search »
Technology Ethics
Related Guides

4 Examples of Algorithmic Accountability

Algorithmic accountability is the principle that organizations are responsible for the technologies they implement. This can be applied to algorithms, automated business rules and artificial intelligence. The following are illustrative examples.

Magic Technology

The principle that it isn't acceptable for management of a firm to view their own technologies as magic -- whereby they understand its results but not its methods. For example, a credit card company that uses an artificial intelligence to reduce credit losses without understanding what the technology is doing to achieve this end.


The principle that the directors and governance bodies of a firm are accountable for the technologies employed by the firm. In other words, humans are accountable for technology such that technology can't be blamed for failures or noncompliance.


The principle that the decisions and strategies created by a technology create a human readable audit trail that is communicated to stakeholders. For example, if a government algorithm denies a driver's license to someone the reason for this denial would be communicated to the applicant in plain language.


The principle that technology can't be used as an excuse or route to avoid compliance to the law. For example, a mobile app for hailing taxis that is compliant with local regulations in the markets in which it operates.
Overview: Algorithmic Accountability
The principle that organizations are responsible for the technologies they implement.
Related Concepts

Technology Ethics

This is the complete list of articles we have written about technology ethics.
Cultural Lag
Culture Lag
Dark Patterns
Digital Divide
Embrace, Extend ...
Net Neutrality
Precautionary Principle
More ...
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.

Technology Ethics

An overview of technology ethics.

Technology Disadvantages

An overview of the potential disadvantages of technology with examples.

Culture Lag

The definition of culture lag with examples.

Personal Data Types

A list of the common types of personal data.


An overview of cronyism with an illustrative example.

Technology Opposite

A list of opposites of technology.

Social Justice

An overview of social justice with examples.

Professional Ethics

The definition of professional ethics with examples.

Technology Environment

An overview of the technological environment with examples.

Net Neutrality

A definition of net neutrality.

Darwin Among The Machines

A prediction about artificial intelligence from the year 1863.

Digital Access

An overview of digital access with examples.


A few basic examples of compliance.

Insider Information

The definition of insider information with examples.


Examples of common business and personal values.

Consumer Protection

The definition of consumer protection with examples.

Compliance Rate

The definition of compliance rate with examples.

Transparent Opposite

A list of useful antonyms for transparent.

Bait And Switch

The definition of bait and switch with examples.

Dual Agency

The definition of dual agency with examples.

Corporate Social Responsibility

An overview of corporate social responsibility with examples.
The most popular articles on Simplicable in the past day.

New Articles

Recent posts or updates on Simplicable.
Site Map