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Automatiserat beslutsfattande: Hur automatiseringen av offentlig sektor påverkar förmågan att efterfölja offentlighetsprincipens regelverk
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Automated decision-making : How the automatization of public sector affects the ability to comply with the Swe- dish principle of public access to official records (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to gain knowledge of how automated decision-making in Swedish public authorities affects the ability to comply with the Swedish principle of public access to official records. This is done through a Posthumanist analysis of seven qualitative interviews. With the help of the actor-network theory concept of the nonhuman actor the underlying computer programs of automated decision-making is understood as an actor who, in interaction with human actors, affects the public sector´s ability to provide the public with valuable information about how they run their organizations. The interviews were conducted with employees at two Swedish public organizations: The Swedish Board of Student Finance and Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The respondents were asked what kind of insight in the underlying computer programs for automated decision-making that they themselves and the public thought was needed. The interviews were recorded and transcribed, and provided the material for the analysis.

The study shows that the employees share the opinion that insight in the automated decision-making systems are not necessary for the public. As a consequence of this, the system developers are left with exclusive knowledge of how the public sector is making decisions and the decision-making becomes invisible for a majority of the public. This is not in line with the aim of the principle of public access to official records.

This is a two years master’s thesis in Archival Science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 67
Series
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 173
Keywords [en]
The principle of public access to official records, Automated decision-making, Algorithms, Public sector, Posthumanism
Keywords [sv]
Offentlighetsprincipen, automatiserat beslutsfattande, algoritmer, offentlig sektor, automatisering, allmän handling, posthumanism
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388925DiVA, id: diva2:1337443
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Archival Science
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Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2019-07-15 Created: 2019-07-15 Last updated: 2019-07-15Bibliographically approved

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