Algorithmic Fairness and the Situated Dynamics of Justice

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 52 (1):44-60 (2022)
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Machine learning algorithms are increasingly used to shape high-stake allocations, sparking research efforts to orient algorithm design towards ideals of justice and fairness. In this research on algorithmic fairness, normative theorizing has primarily focused on identification of “ideally fair” target states. In this paper, we argue that this preoccupation with target states in abstraction from the situated dynamics of deployment is misguided. We propose a framework that takes dynamic trajectories as direct objects of moral appraisal, highlighting three respects in which such trajectories can be subject to evaluation in relation to their temporal dynamics, robustness, and representation.



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Sina Fazelpour
Northeastern University
David Danks
University of California, San Diego