Incident 188: Argentinian City Government Deployed Teenage-Pregnancy Predictive Algorithm Using Invasive Demographic Data

Description: In 2018, during the abortion-decriminalization debate in Argentina, the Salta city government deployed a teenage-pregnancy predictive algorithm built by Microsoft that allegedly lacked a defined purpose, explicitly considered sensitive information such as disability and whether their home had access to hot water.
Alleged: Microsoft developed an AI system deployed by Salta city government, which harmed Salta teenage girls and Salta girls of minority groups.

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AIAAIC. (2018-04-11) Incident Number 188. in McGregor, S. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
188
Report Count
4
Incident Date
2018-04-11
Editors
Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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