This book provides a legal analysis of the opportunities and dangers of algorithm-based processes. Algorithms that work in the engine room of modern software applications have become the central control bodies of the digital society. They affect our lives evermore substantially. Their functioning is similar to that of a black box. Taming the latent risks of algorithms is what constitutes a challenge to the legal system. The book examines the social dangers of increasing social control through algorithms and develops initial regulatory ideas that can be used to reconcile the value-added potential of automated digital processes with the fundamental values of the legal system.
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