The Housing Demand Algorithm being rethought?

20 October 2020

Is government recognising the issues?

There has been a deluge of comments about the Housing Algorithm.  Wired Magazine has a good summary of the issues that the Algorithm might cause if it is proceeded with.

This last weekend 14th 15th November there have been press comments that a re-think is underway on the viability of the proposed algorithym, if true this will be most welcome

The Wired article concludes after discussing various Government Algorithms which all have issues, that the recurring theme here is an assumption that by just using an algorithm you can find a completely objective solution to any issue. That all these algorithms have struggled as they meet the real world suggests otherwise.

As Jonathan Webb, a housing researcher for the Institute of Public Policy Research says - “This is essentially the problem with all algorithms, they just reproduce human biases.”

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