TOMORROW - Inside the Black Box: Making public-sector algorithms accountable - Wed @ 1100

Hi all

Hope you are well. See attached and below Open Government Partnership event in case of interest.

OGP Roundtable Discussion on Making Public Sector Algorithms Accountable to Citizens and Communities_RightsCon2021 (2).pdf (92.9 KB)

Best wishes,


Dear colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well and safe.

On behalf of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) I am writing to invite you to the RightsCon side-event “Inside the black box: Making public-sector algorithms accountable to citizens and communities”. This invite-only roundtable will bring together implementers of reforms related to algorithmic accountability from OGP national and local members, with civil society and other partners to discuss the issue of civil society and community engagement in algorithmic accountability policy.

The session will be held virtually and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 9, 6:00 am ET/ 10:00 am GMT/ 10:00 pm Wellington.

This roundtable will build on the meetings of OGP’s informal open algorithms network, where the governments of Canada, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom meet to discuss the implementation of reforms on opening algorithms, including through commitments in their OGP action plans.

Building on our partnership with the AI Now Institute and Ada Lovelace Institute to develop the first global study evaluating the initial wave of algorithmic accountability policy, this session will discuss the preliminary findings of this report and provide an opportunity to share country experiences, including from government implementing agencies that have expressed interest in advancing this agenda.

Attached you will find a document with more information about the event. We will send an agenda for the session and a draft summary of the findings of the study the week before the meeting.

Please feel free to reach out to us to suggest other colleagues that would be interested in joining this conversation.

We kindly ask you to confirm your participation by responding to this email ( We would be delighted if you can join us and look forward to the discussion.

Warm regards,


Paula Pérez

Program Officer, Thematic Policy Areas

Hello Kevin,

I hope you are well and thank you very much for sharing this. The invitation asks us to let Paula know we are attending.
Do you have an email for Paula please ?


Here you go Alex! I added it to the post, but of course, it had already been sent out via email!

Thanks Kevin

All ,

there was a related public event at RightsCon this UK morning. I saw a few twitter summary threads.

I can only share two links, because of the rules on this platform :), but if you follow this thread from Tonu Basu of the OGP, and look for quote tweets, then you will also find Etalab and the Ada Lovelace Institute’s summaries along with a link to a Jamboard with moar links:

Those links include the work by the Etalab bit of the French government, which was recently summarised in English on the OGP site and is an interesting read:

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Hi Paula

I’d like to attend please!


Linda Damerell

HI Linda.

Could you drop a quick email to RSVP-ing?

Best wishes,


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John Mortimer