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Maverick* Research: Algorithmic Government Portends a Digital Big Brother … One That You'll Like

Published: 05 October 2016

ID: G00314901

Analyst(s): Rick Holgate


Algorithmic government will anticipate and act on all citizens' needs and wants with impartial and incorruptible algorithms, balancing individual freedom and public good irrefutably. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • The Scenario: Utopia or Dystopia?
  • Why This Is Possible and Will Be Embraced: The Utopian Perspective
  • What Could Go Wrong? The Dystopian Perspective
    • The "Snitch Society"
    • Algorithms Broken
    • Unconscious Bias
    • Unethical Behavior
  • Unanswered Questions
    • Certifying and Regulating Algorithms, and Holding Algorithms Accountable
    • Whom Do We Trust More?
    • Where Is Privacy Heading?
  • A Preview of Digital Government Circa 2050
  • Recommendations

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