About EO 50

About EO 50

Through Executive Order 50 of 2019 (EO 50), New York City embarked on a pioneering journey to create a framework for transparency and fairness in the City’s use of algorithmic tools and systems by City agencies. The passing of EO 50 acknowledges the value to innovation and efficiency that algorithmic tools may provide to agencies, while recognizing that such tools may pose or amplify risks of inadvertent harm to individuals or communities in the absence of guidance on understanding and managing these technologies. EO 50 creates the position of Algorithms Management and Policy Officer (AMPO), who is responsible for creating and implementing a framework to manage the use of algorithmic tools by agencies responsibly and fairly.

With support from a Steering Committee of internal City stakeholders and an Advisory Committee of external expertise, the AMPO is tasked with the following duties:

  • Establish governing principles to guide City agencies in balancing the ethical and innovative uses of data facilitated through the use of algorithmic tools and systems in agency decision-making;
  • Design and implement a framework, including criteria, to help agencies identify, prioritize, and assess algorithmic tools and systems that support agency decision-making;
  • Develop and implement policies and protocols to guide the City and its agencies in the fair and responsible use of such tools and systems;
  • Design and implement protocols for agency reporting to the Office on their use of algorithmic tools and systems in agency decision-making;
  • Plan and implement a public engagement and education strategy related to the City's use of algorithmic tools and systems;
  • Create and maintain a public-facing platform that provides a mechanism for receiving public comments and questions, explains how members of the public can be connected with relevant resources, and in accordance with relevant legal, privacy, and cybersecurity considerations, makes available certain information about such tools and systems;
  • Establish and implement a citywide protocol for receiving requests for information from individual members of the public who have been affected by a City agency's use of an algorithmic tool or system, and for directing them to the appropriate City agency and other resources;
  • Establish and implement a citywide protocol for receiving, investigating, and addressing any complaints from individuals regarding any suspected or actual harm experienced in connection with a City agency's use of algorithmic tools and systems, and advising agencies on any further actions that may be appropriate under the circumstances;
  • Research new developments and best practices in managing the City's use of algorithmic tools and systems in agency decision-making; and
  • Prepare and submit a biennial report.