Working with the ACLU of Washington and the Critical Platform Studies Group, I co-developed and co-designed a print and web toolkit that builds the capacity of community groups to identify, understand, and evaluate government technologies.

The Algorithmic Equity Toolkit consists of four parts:


 1 

A chart with yes/no questions to help identify whether a technology is an automated decision system, a surveillance tool, both, or neither.





2

A map that defines key terms used in the AEKit and links the relationships between the various parts of automated decision systems.




 3 

A set of open-ended prompts that help to explore potential impacts of these technologies.




 4 

A set of questions about automated decision systems to ask government employees, elected officials, and vendors.




Web


Working closely with the ACLU of Washington’s communications team, I wireframed, wrote HTML & CSS, drafted alt text, and debugged to ensure the material was maximally accessible to non-English speakers and individuals who use a screen reader.





Process


Interdisciplinary collaboration was critical for this project; Technical subject matter and accessibility requirements made extensive feedback, iteration, and correcting (50+ versions!) a necessity.