During the next session of the UvA Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium Fleur Jongepier (RU) will present a paper entitled Explanation and Agency: Exploring the normative landscape of the “Right to Explanation”
When you are subject to an automated decision, you now have - since the launch of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - a ‘right to explanation’. A large part of the existing literature on this right to explanation has focused on the legal-factual question whether there is a right to explanation (implicit) and where it should be located in the GDPR. Much less attention has been devoted to the question of whether there ought to be such a right, regardless of whether or not it’s explicitly or implicitly there in the GDPR, and if so, why. In this article, we explore this normative landscape. More in particular, we suggest that having a right to explanation is necessary for deliberative agency.
Fleur Jongepier will give a short introduction followed by commentes from Christian Skirke.
Fleur Jongepier is an assistant professor of ethics at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. She is interested in self-knowledge, both in terms of the theoretical/epistemic questions it raises as well as more applied questions, such as those that arise when thinking about self-knowledge in the context of e.g. big data, the rise of algorithms and privacy, as well as the ethics of suicide and euthanasia.
Christian Skirke is lecturer in metaphysics at the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in phenomenology.