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A timely and important book about the algorithmic processes that play such central roles in our emerging information society. Pasquale explores the abuses that have resulted from insufficient transparency and exposes the inability of either markets or regulators to instill appropriate levels of accountability. He is not a reflexive technology-basher, however, but instead offers judicious reform proposals. --Julie E. Cohen, author of "Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice"

"Pasquale provides an informative survey of developments in the representative fields of search, reputation and finance to bolster his argument that a laissez-faire approach to algorithmic decision-making is taking us to places where most of us will not want to go [...] Pasquale points to the US Treasury s little-known Office of Financial Research, sometimes called the CIA of finance , which aims to provide regulators with real-time intelligence on financial markets. The book is full of instructive anecdotes on such matters, backed by useful research. [...] It is tempting to say that the political process needed to enact such reforms has itself become a black box. Yet in The Black Box Society, Pasquale finds reason to believe that even some of the most secretive and unresponsive institutions can be held to account. Elucidating the problem is a first step. -- Nature

The algorithmic control that law scholar Frank Pasquale eloquently and intelligently details and analyses goes beyond money and information and into almost every aspect of our lives... The Black Box Society, ultimately, is a radical and political work that deserves wide attention... His analysis of search is pointed and poignant, underlining that we need to understand it better and treat search results more critically and sceptically... Pasquale writes with humour and mischief . --Times Higher Education

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Frank Pasquale is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, an Affiliate Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, and a member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0674368274
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (5 Jan. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RLHMOO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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