Forum #2: Transparency

The New York City Automated Decision Systems Task will be holding public forums at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at:

New York Law School
185 West Broadway (corner of West Broadway and Leonard)
Room W-400
New York, NY 10013

At this forum, the Task Force will present a brief update on their work to date, and invite expert panelists to provide commentary that will contribute to the Task Force’s recommendations. The forum will focus on the three core components from Local Law 49 of 2018 about transparency: 1) processes by which impacted people can request information about ADS; 2) strategies for publically disclosing information about those systems; and 3) a feasibility analysis of archiving agency systems.

In addition to the expert panelists, the Task Force welcomes all New Yorkers to submit written commentary to, or come to the event give comment in person.

RSVP: The forum is free and open to the public. You can register to attend here.
Livestream: A livestream of the event will be available. 
Accessibility: To request accommodations to attend the event, please contact Mary Sue Daniels, Senior Manager of Special Events at New York Law School,


Forum #1: Fairness and Accountability

The Task Force held its first forum on Tuesday, April 30th at New York Law School. The forum focused on the first three core components from Local Law 49 of 2018 about fairness and accountability: 1) Development of criteria for deciding which systems are considered within the purview of this Task Force and its recommendations; 2) a process for the City to determine if an ADS has disproportionate impact on an individual or population on the basis of characteristics like race or gender; and 3) a process for addressing instances of harm due to such disproportionate impact.


  • Natalie Evans Harris, Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Initiatives, BrightHive
  • Sarah Kaufman, Associate Director, New York University Rudin Center for Transportation
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Andrew Nicklin, Futurist-At-Large, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
  • Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO, Benefits Data Trust

Watch: Video of the event is available here.
Transcript: Available here.
Panelist Comments: