Jonathan Alboum, chief technology officer at Veritas Public Sector, details the need for a federal data ethics policy, and why it’s required for some of the technology the government is pursuing.
The President’s Management Agenda prioritizes data use in the federal government. Ethically maintaining and using data is a problem that the private sector is grappling with, but it’s not mentioned in the government’s recent policies. Jonathan Alboum, chief technology officer at Veritas Public Sector, says the government needs a strategy for data ethics, so that several high-tech projects don’t become unethical. “There’s a lot of talk about unconscious bias being weaved into artificial intelligence, that’s a real concern. We have to think about how we’re building these algorithms in a way that supports our values and supports good decision-making. Thinking about what decisions are we okay with being made by a computer without human intervention,” Alboum said. “I think there are limits to that, and that’s part of that conversation.”