Google – Walmart To Testify Before Senate On Machine Learning  before the US Senate on how the use of algorithms and AI by websites can affect internet users.

The hearing, set for Tuesday, May 21, before the commerce committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will “examine how algorithmic decision-making and machine learning on internet platforms influence the public,” says a description on the commerce committee’s site. “Witnesses will provide insights on ways technology companies use algorithms and machine learning to dictate outcomes.”

The subcommittee, chaired by Sen. John Thune, will also look into what policy responses should be made, such as algorithm explanation or transparency.

Google’s director of user experience, Maggie Stanphill, and Walmart’s former head of behavioral science, Jason Hreha, are slated to testify.

The hearing, called Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms, will also feature testimony from an MIT assistant professor of marketing, Dean Eckles, and a co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris.

Walmart didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Google said it had nothing further to add beyond its participation.

At a hearing Wednesday before a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, Jared Sine, top lawyer for dating-app company Match Group, accused Google of threatening Match in a phone call the night before.

Sine said Google’s issue was that Match, which owns apps including Tinder and Hinge, had said in an earlier earnings call that it would work through the fees imposed by Google’s app store, but then Match changed its tune in prepared testimony for Wednesday’s hearing.Google – Walmart To Testify Before Senate On Machine Learning

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