In order to promote the diversity of voices participating in the discourse on how algorithms and artificial intelligence impact society, we present a list of German-speaking female and non-binary individuals who are experts on algorithms and the ethics of algorithms.

Our goal here is to create a building block for use in facilitating a diversity of voices in the discourse. We also hope that by highlighting diversity in the debates, more young female and non-binary individuals will be inclined to engage with the issue. We therefore encourage others to use, develop and circulate the list so that an ever-growing number of female and non-binary experts in the field are heard and seen, and that their work is read.

Carla Hustedt initiated the list on International Women’s Day in 2019 after noting that female and non-binary experts were far too often absent among the featured speakers at events addressing digitalization-relevant issues. And while much has happened in the last two years, we still face a lack of diverse perspectives on the impact of algorithmic systems and AI on society. Given the large number of experts in the field – in Germany and internationally – of diverse backgrounds, there is simply no good reason for this homogeneity.

Research and development

Civil society

Politics and public administration

Industry and trade associations

Media

Independent consultants

Information:

The decision to include an expert on the list is based on whether the expert addresses societal issues relevant to digitalization and focuses on the ethics of algorithms in particular. We do not conduct an assessment of individual content in making our decision. We also strive for a balanced representation of different backgrounds to ensure that all perspectives on the issue can be heard.

If you would like to be included on the list, have your name removed or would like to have the information provided about you changed, please contact Carina Wegener (carina.wegener@bertelsmann-stiftung.de). If you know of other female or non-binary individuals who should be included in the list, please let us know! We will make every effort to respond in a timely manner to your concerns.


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