06 Jan 2023

Launch of the Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard Hub

On January 5, the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) launched an Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard Hub to help public sector organisations provide clear information about the algorithmic tools they use, and why they’ve chosen to use them.  

The aim of the Hub is to promote transparency in the public sector’s use of algorithms and relates to commitments made in both the Government's National Data Strategy (7.1.2), and the UK National AI Strategy (p.59).  

Indeed, the Algorithmic Transparency Standard will be used to develop a cross-government standard for algorithmic transparency. 

The Hub comprises of:  

1) the Algorithmic Transparency Standard 

2) Guidance on using and completing the said Standard 

3) A collection of published transparency reports.  

The Standard to be completed is made of two tiers;  

  • A non-technical description of the algorithmic tool, and why it is being used 

  • A more detailed technical information, on how the tool and its data are being used 

The Standard was developed by working with civil society groups and external experts and piloted with several public sector organisations. It will be reviewed every six months to keep up to date with feedback and potential changes. 

To keep up to date with latest developments on algorithmic transparency and other digital ethics-related topics, members can get involved in our Digital Ethics Working Group by emailing Carmine Greusard-Deffeuille ([email protected]).