How the city hopes to rein in the job market’s AI gatekeepers

As concerns about bias being baked into artificial intelligence tools grows, city lawmakers this month positioned New York to be an early mover in regulating automation in hiring.

A City Council bill approved Nov. 10 will make New York the first municipality in the country to require racial and gender bias audits for technology used in hiring—such as résumé scanners, games-based assessments and video analysis tools. The bill, which is stepping into somewhat uncharted regulatory territory, has prompted criticism that its measures are too weak to prevent automated tools from discriminating against job applicants.

At the same time, it has garnered praise for its ability to bring

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