Risk by Design 

Recommendation systems are a defining feature of the digital world. They suggest to children videos they should watch, information they should read, games they should play, and even who they should be friends with.  

When used effectively, they can play an important role in helping children navigate the online world, to refine the masses of content available in a way that is supportive and can diversify their information ecosystem.  

But too often these systems are configured primarily to meet commercial goals without prioritising the best interests of children. 

5Rights Foundation’s latest Risky by Design case study identifies nine features which make use of these automated decision-making processes in ways that can lead to harm.

It also suggests best practice that providers should follow when designing and operating recommendation systems, as we wait for legislators and regulators around the world to demand greater transparency and trigger more effective oversight of systems like these. 

See the case study here.

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