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EPA’s Greg Godbout: Internet of Things, Automated Tech Could Spur Regulation of Algorithms

DataGraphicGreg Godbout, chief technology officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, has said the use of algorithmic software platforms in the Internet of Things age may prompt the U.S. government to regulate mathematical formulas, Fedscoop reported Monday.

“You have this situation now of [people asking] when is government going to get in the business of regulating algorithms? because algorithms are going to be making some of the most important decisions,” Godbout was quoted as saying by Fedscoop.

Bill Mitchell writes that many industries have adopted automated decision-making tools as part of their efforts to increase efficiency as well as to help employees and customers leverage information from connected devices.

Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland professor, said he believes algorithms could trigger manipulative and corrupt activities due to a lack of transparency on how organizations use them.

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