How algorithmic systems and their biased decision-making can affect the lives of all New Jerseyans 

As technology continues to advance, algorithms and automated decision-making systems have grown widespread in use and in impact. From law enforcement, to healthcare, to public benefits and beyond, automated decision-making systems are already relied upon to augment or entirely replace human decision-making – at the expense of people's rights.

Automated systems are prone to arbitrary and biased decision-making. Where they are deployed, they can threaten people’s right to due process and subject them to insidious discrimination. The ripple effects of algorithmic injustice can be felt across the state and in nearly every domain – for example, when the amount of healthcare people receive is determined by a computer, when the police choose who to investigate based on facial recognition, or when a person’s eligibility for public benefits is determined by an assessment tool, the people who are subjected to those decisions will bear the brunt of the systems’ errors.  

The ACLU-NJ began the Automated Injustice project to investigate the use of artificial intelligence, automated decision-making systems, and other sorts of algorithms by the New Jersey government. We invite you to share your story of how government use of automated systems has affected your life.