The public must be confident in the fairness of algorithms, or a backlash will threaten their very real and substantial benefits.
A recent article in the New York Times raises the question: do algorithms discriminate? The question is legitimate, but the emphasis is wrong. Instead of thinking of data analytics as a problem, we need to welcome the new opportunities for improved decisionmaking that they enable. And we need to cooperate to identify and address any disparate impacts data-driven decisionmaking might have.