WHO WE ARE
Our vision is to apply innovative methods to uncover violations and provide information to help shape and enforce responsible regulatory policies. We work towards a world where algorithms are accountable, adjustable and avoidable.
At AI Forensics, we look behind the code so that we know the algorithm better than it knows us.
AI FORENSICS ORIGINS
AI Forensics is the continuation of Tracking Exposed. Tracking Exposed was founded by Claudio Agosti in 2016 with the help of the Italian hacktivist community to develop means and collect evidence that personalization algorithms are a form of power and they should be understood as such. For seven years, Tracking Exposed demonstrated the disparate and obscure impact of algorithms, profiling, and exploitative and extractive data collection on popular platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, PornHub, and TikTok. Tracking Exposed’s pioneering work contributed to the development and maturation of data scraping and data donation methods essential for independent investigations into platforms. Read the Tracking Exposed closing story here.
SHINE LIGHT ON HIDDEN ALGORITHMIC INJUSTICES
Our mission is to apply innovative methods to uncover violations and provide information to help shape regulatory policies because we work towards a world where algorithms are accountable, adjustable and avoidable. In other words, we are the digital detectives who shine a light on hidden algorithmic injustices, and work to bring accountability and transparency to the tech industry.
DEVELOP TOOLS FOR ALGORITHMIC AUDITING
Our audits are always data-driven, but the data we need is typically not made available by the platforms. Our tools allow us to mimic user behaviors, and collect behavioral data on the algorithm, using methods such as sock-pupetting, scraping or user data donation. These adversarial approaches allow us to be fully independent from the platforms, and guarantee the integrity of our data.
Analyse & interpret
We design our methodologies and make sense of the data collected through the socio-technical expertise of our transdisciplinary team and in partnership with other civil society organizations with complementary expertise.
EXPOSE VIOLATIONS AND INFORM REGULATION
We turn our investigations into insights and actionable recommendations to inform and support policy, advocacy and regulation. We mobilize our large network of journalists and generate high-profile press in order to raise awareness. We regularly provide expertise through congressional testimonies, academic conferences, and other public forums.
MEET OUR DETECTIVES TEAM
Our team consists of experts from various fields, including computer science, law, ethics, sociology, psychology and communication. We believe that a pluridisciplinary approach is essential in understanding the ethical and social implications of AI technologies. In addition to our core team, we work with talented individuals and long term collaborators for specific areas of domain expertise including when we investigate platform integrity across different geographies and languages.
- Strategy & AdvisorClaudio Agosti
- ResearcherRiccardo Angius
- ResearcherPaul Bouchaud
- Head of Policy & CommunicationsRaziye Buse Çetin
- FULL-STACK DEVELOPEMENTAlvaro De Frutos
- DirectorMarc Faddoul
- ResearcherNatalie Kerby
- Head of ResearchSalvatore Romano
- ResearcherMiazia Schueler
- InfrastructureAndrea T
- HEAD OF FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIPSKatya Viadziorchyk