Sweden: Rogue algorithm stops welfare payments for up to 70,000 unemployed

"Automated decision-making has become a national talking point in Sweden, after a report by the country’s public broadcaster revealed thousands of unemployed people were wrongly denied benefits by a government computer run amok."


See: Sweden: Rogue algorithm stops welfare payments for up to 70,000 unemployed (Algorithm Watch, link):

"Officials at the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) started looking into the system after they noticed it was failing to generate letters to welfare claimants that had been expected. When they finished their review last year they found major shortcomings, with between 10% and 15% of the computer’s decisions likely to have been incorrect, SVT reported.

It is unclear whether it will be possible to identify and correct the erroneous decisions, and when exactly the problem started."

 

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