Practitioner accountability and decision-making technology

David Wallace

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Normative expectations of accountability require that harm is acknowledged, reparation made and its causes remedied. Fundamental to this is the ability of practitioners to describe, explain and justify their decisions and actions. This ability is seriously impaired by decision-making technology, like that used in childprotection risk assessments. There is a moral obligation to adopt such technology but accountability becomes highly problematic given the way technology is developed, mandated, and implemented. Practitioners are required to implement the technology with limited training even though the technology undermines their judgement, compromises their way of working and often operates outside of their effective control. This loss of accountability cannot be offset by the advantages of the technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 IEEE Internationl Symposium on Technology and Society
Subtitle of host publicationsocial implications of emerging technologies : 7-9 June 2010, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Place of PublicationPiscataway, N.J.
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781424477777
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Symposium on Technology and Society - Wollongong, NSW
Duration: 7 Jun 20109 Jun 2010


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Technology and Society
CityWollongong, NSW


  • making technology
  • decision making
  • risk assessment

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