On November 13, 2020 AI Now’s Managing Director Dr. Sarah Myers West provided testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Technology hearing on the Ethical Implications of Using Artificial Intelligence and Automated Decision Systems. She told the Committee:

“It is important to note that it is employers, not workers, who are the “customers” that these companies seek to court with promises of efficiency and fewer worries about accountability and liability. In fact, several prominent vendors of these tools actively offer to cover any of their customers’ legal fees or liabilities that might arise from the use of their products or services. If a goal of this legislation is to combat longstanding patterns of employment discrimination, it is critical that it be designed to serve the needs of those who are discriminated against, rather than the firms responsible for perpetuating discriminatory hiring practices.”

Read her full testimony below: