Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

F. Cech:
"Tackling Algorithmic Transparency in Communal Energy Accounting through Participatory Design";
Talk: 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T21) - Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech, Seattle, WA, USA; 2021-06-20 - 2021-06-25; in: "Proceedings Of The 10th International Conference On Communities & Technologies - Wicked Problems In The Age Of Tech 2021", ACM Digital Library, (2021), ISBN: 9781450390569; 258 - 268.

English abstract:
Algorithmic transparency presents a significant challenge to system developers and users of algorithmic systems alike. Framing theproblem as a `wicked´ one, this study tackles the issue of transparency in the EnerCoach energy accounting tool through presentinga situated ethnography of the algorithmic system and exploring the issues and challenges of model transparency and post-hocexplainability therein. By engaging stakeholders through participatory design methodologies, both a conceptual understanding ofthe problem and material solutions thereof are developed and evaluated. The findings show the promising potential of participatorydesign methodologies to elevate users to a `critical audience´, and the solutions co-created by the study participants for the challengeof algorithmic transparency. The results also highlight the complexity of the problem: transparency of algorithmic systems must beunderstood as a multi-facetted and highly contextual, `wicked´ problem that requires diverse methodological interventions to reach`satisficing´ solutions.

Algorithmic Transparency, Algorithmic Literacy, Participatory Design, Critical Algorithm Studies

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