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“We must save privacy from privacy itself” – AlgorithmWatch
Michele Loi is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich. He argues that proponents of privacy should not put privacy above health – else risk sliding into irrelevance.
publichealth  privacy  surveillance  AlgoReport  coronavirus 
52 minutes ago
Access Now is committed to protecting human rights and to contributing to governments’ responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These responses must promote public health, prevent discrimination, ensure access to reliable and timely information, defend unrestricted access to an open, affordable, and secure internet, ensure the enjoyment of freedom of expression and of opinion, and protect privacy and personal data.
publichealth  privacy  surveillance  coronavirus  AlgoReport 
54 minutes ago
The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Set Off A Massive Expansion Of Government Surveillance. Civil Libertarians Aren't Sure What To Do.
As nations around the world take on sweeping new powers to fight the disease, critics aren't sure what's necessary and what's too far.
coronavirus  privacy  surveillance  publichealth  AlgoReport 
59 minutes ago
The Digital Response to the Outbreak of COVID-19 | Centre for International Governance Innovation
Undeniably, we need to use technology as part of disaster response, but the regulatory immaturity of the industry makes technology companies risky allies, even in the best of circumstances.
privacy  AlgoReport  coronavirus  surveillance 
14 hours ago
Study: ‘Accuracy nudge’ could curtail COVID-19 misinformation online | MIT Sloan
“Our experiment suggests that nudging people to pay attention to accuracy can improve the quality of COVID-19 related content they share online,” Rand wrote in an email. “This is a scalable intervention that social media platforms could easily implement. I hope they will!”
AlgoReport  radlib  misinformation  socialmedia  fakenews 
20 hours ago
The Technology 202: We asked more than 100 tech experts if U.S. should use location data to track coronavirus. They were split.
The U.S. government should not harness Americans' location data in an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a very slim majority of tech experts surveyed by The Technology 202.
coronavirus  geolocation  publichealth  privacy  surveillance  AlgoReport 
23 hours ago
Federal Court Rules ‘Big Data’ Discrimination Studies Do Not Violate Federal Anti-Hacking Law | American Civil Liberties Union
WASHINGTON — In a major victory for civil liberties and civil rights enforcement during the digital age, a federal court has ruled that research aimed at uncovering whether online algorithms result in racial, gender, or other discrimination does not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
discrimination  algorithms  AlgoReport  law 
Facebook spies on us but not by recording our calls. Here's how the social network knows everything
It's a given that Facebook is listening in on our conversations, right? That's how the social network can follow up on our real-world conversations about products with ads that show up in our News Feed. Wrong, says Gennie Gebhart, a research director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has studied Facebook's targeting efforts. “They don't have to listen," she says.
personalization  adtech  geolocation  facebook 
The surveillance profiteers of COVID-19 are here | Engadget
The pandemic has us all in vulnerable positions, and some tech companies are just ethics-free enough to step in and take advantage of entire populations being held hostage by COVID-19. They see us as profitable, captive data generators while their PR departments act like they did something virtuous for the greater good. Like Zoom.
surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  tech&society  radlib  AlgoReport  privacy 
Smart cities will always have a data privacy problem — Quartz
How can cities around the world benefit from data-enabled technologies without sacrificing privacy?
AlgoReport  IoT  surveillance  smartcities  bigdata  privacy  surveillancecapitalism 
2 days ago
Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook - VICE
The change comes after Motherboard found the Zoom iOS app was sending analytics information to Facebook when users opened the app.
privacy  surveillance  AlgoReport  facebook  zoom 
2 days ago
Coronavirus Researchers | Pandemic Tracking Privacy - Consumer Reports
Scientists say they have a plan to use consumers' location data responsibly—and privacy experts are on board
coronavirus  privacy  publichealth  geolocation  AlgoReport 
3 days ago
Location Surveillance to Counter COVID-19: Efficacy Is What Matters - Lawfare
Currently, phone tracking in the United States is not efficacious. It cannot be unless all people are required to carry such location-tracking devices at all times; have location tracking on; and other forms of information tracking, including much wider use of CCTV cameras, Bluetooth beacons, and the like, are also in use. There are societies like this. But so far, even in the current crisis, no one is seriously contemplating the U.S. heading in that direction.
geolocation  coronavirus  AlgoReport  publichealth  surveillance  privacy 
3 days ago
Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account - VICE
Zoom's privacy policy isn't explicit about the data transfer to Facebook at all.
facebook  privacy  Zoom  AlgoReport 
3 days ago
Cellphone 'Heat Map' Shows How Quick Coronavirus Could Spread
A heat map highlighting cellphone location data within the U.S. is providing a frightening insight into the movements of humans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
geolocation  coronavirus  publichealth  AlgoReport 
3 days ago
The Professors Who Call ‘Bullshit’ on Covid-19 Misinformation | WIRED
Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom are policing Twitter feeds, Medium posts, and other sources of bad data and misleading charts.
coronavirus  fakenews  misinformation  highered  AlgoReport  radlib 
4 days ago
Youth and Digital Citizenship+ (Plus) | Berkman Klein Center
Understanding the skills youth need for a digital world has become a topic of growing importance among decision-makers around the globe, with different stakeholders and communities rethinking what meaningful learning environments, modes of engagement, and educational content should entail.
youth  engagement  digitalcitizenship  AlgoReport 
4 days ago
A Closer Look at Location Data: Privacy and Pandemics
In light of COVID-19, there is heightened global interest in harnessing location data held by major tech companies to track individuals affected by the virus,
tracking  surveillance  coronavirus  AlgoReport 
4 days ago
18 COVID-19 media literacy resources for journalists and educators | News Co/Lab
Facebook groups and Twitter threads. Slack channels and text services. Information, and disinformation, about COVID-19 is overwhelming. We wanted to help you — journalists, teachers and the everyday person — sort through the countless tools available to amplify credible, accurate and trustworthy resources.
resources  journalism  AlgoReport  coronavirus 
5 days ago
Coronavirus misinformation makes neutrality a distant memory for tech companies
Facing the prospect that hoaxes or misinformation could worsen a global pandemic, tech platforms are taking control of the information ecosystem like never before.
socialmedia  coronavirus  moderation  AlgoReport 
5 days ago
Facebook sent home thousands of human moderators due to the coronavirus. Now the algorithms are in charge - The Washington Post
The social networking giant‘s content moderators were sent home due to the virus, forcing it to rely more on technology to police misinformation in the interim.
moderation  socialmedia  algorithms  AlgoReport 
5 days ago
Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus | Free to read | Financial Times
In this time of crisis, we face two particularly important choices. The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity.
coronavirus  surveillance  health  privacy  AlgoReport 
5 days ago
The new transparency: smartphones, data tracking, and COVID-19 – Monash Lens
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is revealing the extent to which new control mechanisms enabled by digital technologies are becoming an integral part of modern life.
privacy  coronavirus  surveillance  AlgoReport  security 
6 days ago
Google Says It Doesn’t 'Sell' Your Data. Here’s How the Company Shares, Monetizes, and Exploits It. | Electronic Frontier Foundation
How can a company that monetizes personal data evade these new CCPA duties? One way is to claim they do not “sell” data, as that term is used in CCPA. Google, the adtech oligarch, devourer of data, surveyor of souls, That Which Knows All That Is Known, has decided that it doesn’t sell data.
adtech  AlgoReport  legislation  privacy 
6 days ago
As schooling rapidly moves online across the country, concerns rise about student data privacy - The Washington Post
This post looks at some of the current issues around student data privacy as millions of students are now trying to learn online at home.
security  edtech  privacy  AlgoReport  students 
7 days ago
The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance: Are Universities the Next Cautionary Tale? by Alan Rubel, Kyle M. L. Jones :: SSRN
The breadth and depth of student information available, combined with their fiduciary responsibility, create a duty that HEIs exercise substantial restraint and rigorous evaluation in data collection and use.
privacy  surveillance  students  learninganalytics  highered  analytics  AlgoReport 
7 days ago
As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets - The New York Times
Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later.
surveillance  coronavirus  AlgoReport  privacy  publichealth 
7 days ago
COVID-19 Security Resource Library - Stay Safe Online
A compilation of tips and recommendations from NCSA and its partners on ways to stay safe online, as well as how to avoid cyber threats and scams during this pandemic.
privacy  AlgoReport 
7 days ago
Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising? | WIRED
From protecting privacy to saving the free press, it may be the single best way to fix the internet.
AlgoReport  adtech  personalization 
8 days ago
How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation | WIRED
A group of hawk-eyed experts operate on a special track to monitor medical information on the site.
health  wikipedia  moderation  curation  misinformation  coronavirus  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Facebook was marking legitimate news articles about the coronavirus as spam due to a software bug - The Verge
Facebook started marking some posts linking to information and articles about the coronavirus and COVID-19 as spam, as observed by one Verge reporter and many users on Twitter on Tuesday evening. The issue was due to a “bug in an anti-spam system,” according to Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity. Rosen said the company began working on a fix as soon as discovering the issue.
coronavirus  facebook  algorithms  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
It's Not Just the Content, It's the Business Model: Democracy’s Online Speech Challenge
This report, the first in a two-part series, articulates the connection between surveillance-based business models and the health of democracy. Drawing from Ranking Digital Rights’s extensive research on corporate policies and digital rights, we examine two overarching types of algorithms, give examples of how these technologies are used both to propagate and prohibit different forms of online speech (including targeted ads), and show how they can cause or catalyze social harm, particularly in the context of the 2020 U.S. election. We also highlight what we don’t know about these systems, and call on companies to be much more transparent about how they work.
freespeech  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  politics  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Due to coronavirus, Facebook and Google may give location data to the government - Vox
Privacy advocates want restrictions on how much phone location data the government gets from tech companies.
coronavirus  geolocation  government  privacy  surveillance  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ - MIT Technology Review
With millions on lockdown, Facebook and Twitter are major sources of Covid-19 news. They’re also where misinformation thrives. How can platforms step up?
socialmedia  misinformation  fakenews  coronavirus  moderation  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Alexa, play Daniel O'Donnell: the rise of the all-hearing Alexa
Opinion: our often unquestioning use of products like Alexa and Siri has created problems around privacy, security and other issues
Alexa  Amazon  voiceassistants  privacy  surveillance  Algo 
10 days ago
A lawsuit says ICE changed risk-evaluation software to keep more undocumented immigrants in jail. - The Washington Post
The immigration agency’s New York office tweaked risk-evaluation software to keep thousands in jail, watchdog groups say.
ICE  lawenforcement  algorithms  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19 | Privacy International
Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some of these measures impose severe restrictions on people’s freedoms, including to their privacy and other human rights. Unprecedented levels of surveillance, data exploitation, and misinformation are being tested across the world.
privacy  surveillance  coronavirus  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Coronavirus predictions: Volunteer to help AI forecast Covid-19 spread - Vox
The problem with forecasting the coronavirus pandemic is that there is no historical data to go on. So the machine-learning-based approaches are actually the worst here — they’re trying to learn something from almost nothing.
forecasting  coronavirus  crowdsourcing  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
My Algorithmic Community: Considering the Role of Personalizing Algorithms in Online Community Formation
Not only can algorithms complicate the communities a user is prompted to join, but they also limit the other communities (or those the user may have less interest in based on the site’s collected data) a user can see and potentially engage with.
rhetoric  composition  communities  onlinecommunities  algorithms  personalization  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Sensemaking by Christian Madsbjerg - UseBecause
In Sensemaking Christian Madsbjerg argues that relying too heavily on pure data analytics to solve our problems is going to create more than it solves. In Silicon Valley there seems to be no room for human intuition or ‘gut-feeling’. If it cannot be measured it is an error in the system, a fly in the ointment. He puts forward the theory that too many companies have leaned too heavily on the algorithm and ignored the humanity of their customer. It this book Madsbjerg sets out five principles that can be used to implement what he calls ‘Sensemaking’. [podcast]
algorithms  analytics  humanities  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
How TikTok’s recommendation algorithm works - Vox
An AI expert recently spotted an unusual detail when trying to follow new people on TikTok.
race  algorithms  personalization  socialmedia  TikTok  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
What even is an algorithm? | The Algorithm Literacy Project • KCJ - YouTube
Have you ever noticed that the internet always seems to know what you like? Who’s making these suggestions? From personalized search results, to video recommendations, to targeted ads, all of these decisions are made by algorithms. [video]
youth  algorithms  AlgoReport 
10 days ago
Surge of Virus Misinformation Stumps Facebook and Twitter - The New York Times
Secret labs. Magic cures. Government plots. Despite efforts by social media companies to stop it, false information about the coronavirus is proliferating around the world.
misinformation  fakenews  coronavirus  socialmedia  AlgoReport 
11 days ago
How a Crisis Researcher Makes Sense of Covid-19 Misinformation
Collective sensemaking during times of uncertainty and anxiety (Kate Starbird).
12 days ago
AI Ethics: DNV GL Exec on Why Women Are Key to Ethics Research
In this edition of Behind the Scenes, we spotlight the role of women in technology. Toolbox catches up with Dr. Asun Lera St.Clair, Senior Principal Scientist at DNV GL, on how new AI technologies should be monitored and regulated, why greater diversity is a necessity for AI ethics research, why trust is fundamental for the scalability of AI technologies, and the biggest trends in AI in the 2020s.
gender  AI  tech&society  ethics  AlgoReport 
13 days ago
AI is An Ideology, Not A Technology | WIRED
At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.
AlgoReport  AI  tech&society 
14 days ago
Overview ‹ AI + Ethics Curriculum for Middle School — MIT Media Lab
This project seeks to develop an open source curriculum for middle school students on the topic of artificial intelligence. Through a series of lessons and activities, students learn technical concepts—such as how to train a simple classifier—and the ethical implications those technical concepts entail, such as algorithmic bias.
AI  AlgoReport  K12  ethics  curricula  discrimination 
17 days ago
The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis? | Marketing Dive
How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences? Brands and technology companies that engage in personalization, which is at the sharp end of data processing, have to be much more aware of what data is being collected and used, and where the uncrossable "creep line" is. Is it possible the demands of the latest data privacy regulations equate to an existential crisis for the personalization market?
surveillance  personalization  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport  marketing  adtech 
18 days ago
Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence and Freedom of Speech
Today, algorithms and AI are used for a wide range of interventions, such as spam filters, detection of copyright infringements, chatbots,(editorial) data-analysis,or content ranking and distribution.Additionally, they have been deployed in policing not only online speech but also offline public spaces, for example with the help of smart video surveillance systems using facial recognition technology.9However, their impact on freedom of expression, both positive and negative, is still severely under-explored. While responsible implementation can benefit society, there is a genuine risk that commercial, political or state interests could have a deteriorating effect on human rights, in particular freedom of expression and media freedom.10Therefore, it is crucial to understand better the human rights implications of their use, and to ensure that algorithms and AI do not censor or have a chilling effect on free speech
freespeech  AI  socialmedia  humanrights  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
How the BBC is reinventing news for voice platforms | BBC News Labs
As a society we’re moving towards a world of hyper-personalisation, outsourcing ever more decision-making to algorithms. As a public service broadcaster, fairness, due impartiality and transparency are core to the BBC’s current thinking on recommendation engines and personalisation. As part of the development of news services on voice controlled devices, we’re collaborating with colleagues across the organisation (and externally) to try to find answers to some seriously complex questions like how we might shape algorithms designed to promote critical thinking rather than reinforce filter bubbles, replace time-wasting with education, and allay public concerns over privacy. Voice and AI-driven services will have deep and long-lasting consequences. By getting involved now, news organisations have a rare opportunity to exert some influence over how this medium develops, keeping audiences front and centre.
BBC  journalism  personalization  voiceassistants  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Internet 'is not working for women and girls', says Berners-Lee | Global | The Guardian
Women and girls face a “growing crisis” of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned. The inventor of the world wide web said the “dangerous trend” in online abuse was forcing women out of jobs, causing girls to skip school, damaging relationships and silencing female opinions, prompting him to conclude that “the web is not working for women and girls”.
access  diversity  gender  discrimination  AlgoReport  internet 
18 days ago
How ‘Smart Tech’ Masks an Emerging Era of Corporate Control
‘Smart tech’ is a buzzword that’s been applied to everything from toothbrushes to TVs — and the cute marketing helps hide what’s really going on
IoT  tec&society  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Techlash? America’s Growing Concern With Major Technology Companies – Knight Foundation
Just a few years ago, Americans were overwhelmingly optimistic about the power of new technologies to foster an informed and engaged society. More recently, however, that confidence has been challenged by emerging concerns over the role that internet and technology companies — especially social media — now play in our democracy. A new Knight Foundation and Gallup study explores how much the landscape has shifted. This wide-ranging study confirms that, for Americans, the techlash is real, widespread, and bipartisan. From concerns about the spread of misinformation to election interference and data privacy, we’ve documented the deep pessimism of folks across the political spectrum who believe tech companies have too much power — and that they do more harm than good.
tech&society  techlash  publicopinion  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
How spreaders of misinformation acquire influence online
Experts fighting the coronavirus COVID19 epidemic are increasingly concerned not only about the virus itself, but also by the spread of misinformation about this virus online. The potential side-effects of such misinformation can be very serious: mistrust of authority, discrimination against minorities, fear and is important to understand the mechanics of how spreaders of misinformation online become so effective at reaching the public. This will allow a more precise strategy for countering the misinformation.
fakenews  misinformation  tech&society  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Beyond Near- and Long-Term: Towards a Clearer Account of Research Priorities in AI Ethics and Society
One way of carving up the broad "AI ethics and society" research space that has emerged in recent years is to distinguish between "near-term" and "long-term" research. While such ways of breaking down the research space can be useful, we put forward several concerns about the near/long-term distinction gaining too much prominence in how research questions and priorities are framed. We highlight some ambiguities and inconsistencies in how the distinction is used, and argue that while there are differing priorities within this broad research community, these differences are not well-captured by the near/long-term distinction. We unpack the near/long-term distinction into four different dimensions, and propose some ways that researchers can communicate more clearly about their work and priorities using these dimensions. We suggest that moving towards a more nuanced conversation about research priorities can help establish new opportunities for collaboration, aid the development of more consistent and coherent research agendas, and enable identification of previously neglected research areas.
ethics  AI  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Here's Why I'm Campaigning Against Facial Recognition in Schools - VICE
A student organizer explains why the fight to ban facial recognition in schools and college campuses is entering a critical moment.
highered  surveillance  privacy  facialrecognition  students  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
To Fight Covid-19, Curb the Spread of Germs—and Rumors | WIRED
We need to combat misinformation about the virus the same way we’re combating the virus itself: with a communitarian focus.
fakenews  misinformation  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Tips for reporting on Covid-19 and slowing the spread of misinformation
As the world looks for timely, accurate news about the novel coronavirus, how can journalists best provide their audiences the information they need?
journalism  coronavirus  health  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
The Algorithmic Ecology: An Abolitionist Tool for Organizing Against Algorithms
In an increasingly policed and surveilled world, algorithms have become critical sites of power, struggle and resistance. By telling the story of our fight against Predpol, a predictive policing technology, we are introducing an abolitionist model for analyzing algorithms: The Algorithmic Ecology. The Algorithmic Ecology is both a framework and an organizing tool that can be critically applied to any algorithm. This model decenters the algorithm itself, looks at the different actors that shape the algorithm, and illustrates whose interests the algorithm serves, with the ultimate goal of dismantling the actors creating algorithmic harm.
activism  police  politics  lawenforcement  algorithms  tech&society  AlgoReport 
18 days ago
Algorithms that run our lives are racist and sexist. Meet the women trying to fix them - The Correspondent
From insurance payments to courtroom sentencing, AI makes increasingly complex decisions about our lives. And our belief that data is neutral allows algorithms to get away with murder. The fight back is being led by those most likely to find themselves on the wrong side of a computer’s decision.
accountability  algorithms  discrimination  AlgoReport  ethics  tech&society 
19 days ago
Algorithm Literacy Project | Understanding algorithms
I’m everywhere you look, but you can’t see me. I make decisions for you, but you’re smarter than me. I think it’s time I introduced myself!
algorithms  AlgoReport 
20 days ago
‘Surveillance creep’ as cameras spread on campus | Financial Times
Whether benign or intrusive, monitoring of students and teachers is commonplace in many schools.
highered  surveillance  privacy  students  AlgoReport 
20 days ago
The End of Trust (McSweeney's 54) | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF and McSweeney’s have teamed up to bring you The End of Trust (McSweeney’s 54). The first all-nonfiction McSweeney’s issue is a collection of essays and interviews focusing on issues related to technology, privacy, and surveillance.
privacy  technology  tech&society  surveillance  AlgoReport 
20 days ago
Sensor Tower Secretly Owns Ad Blocker And VPN Apps That Collect User Data
Sensor Tower has owned at least 20 apps that track data passing through people’s phones.
VPNs  privacy  apps  AlgoReport 
20 days ago
Germany’s new media treaty demands that platforms explain algorithms and stop discriminating. Can it deliver? – AlgorithmWatch
Facebook can’t decide if it’s a tech company, a media company, a telecoms company, or something else entirely. Ahead of talks with European regulators, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it’s something in between. Now, German regulators might have decided for Facebook: The company will be subject to the country’s newly expanded media regulation regime.
privacy  facebook  AlgoReport  regulation  Germany 
20 days ago
This Small Company Is Turning Utah Into a Surveillance Panopticon - VICE
Banjo is applying artificial intelligence to government-owned surveillance and traffic cameras across the entire state of Utah to tell police about "anomalies."
government  surveillance  lawenforcement  AlgoReport 
21 days ago
How to stop your smart home spying on you | Smart homes | The Guardian
Everything in your smart home, from the lightbulbs to the thermostat, could be recording you or collecting data about you. What can you do to curb this intrusion?
surveillance  AlgoReport  privacy  IoT  tech&society 
22 days ago
Teaching a code of ethics to tech workers before they write computer code
The ethical issues that come with all-pervasive technology are legion. Surveillance and privacy; the way our data is harvested, used and sold; the way technology is used to make us vote in certain ways or change our behaviour. And ethical alarms are sounding more than ever with the rise of artificial intelligence and facial recognition. Abby Jaques of Stanford University has created ethics courses for the tech workers of the future…to get them to think about the ethical implications of new technologies BEFORE they hit the market...or start spying on us.  22:19
code  ethics  AlgoReport 
23 days ago
Studying Up: Reorienting the field of algorithmic fairness around issues of power
In spite of our best efforts, data scientists still lack the methodological and conceptual tools necessary to grapple with key epistemological and normative aspects of their work. As a result, data scientists tend to uncritically inherit dominant modes of seeing and understanding the world when conceiving of their projects. In doing so, they reproduce ideas which normalize social hierarchies and legitimize violence against marginalized groups.
discrimination  AlgoReport  socialjustice  data  datascience  ethics 
23 days ago : Privacy Toolkit
Tools and links from Jessamyn West’s workshop on privacy.
AlgoReport  how-to  tools  privacy 
23 days ago
Reconciling Calls for “More and Better Data” with “Responsible Data Use” | Center For Global Development
The “more and better data” movement is based on the premise that well-intentioned governments can better serve the poor and vulnerable if they have basic information about them. Until recently, this notion would have seemed uncontroversial. But growing concern about the risks created by the misuse of data—particularly personal data—has led to a shift in attitudes that has forced the development community, along with society more broadly, to consider how much governments should know about their citizens and how much companies should know about their customers.
government  privacy  discrimination  AlgoReport  bigdata  publicgood 
23 days ago
YouTube has nearly halved the number of conspiracy theory videos it recommends - MIT Technology Review
YouTube has managed to drastically reduce the number of conspiracy theory videos it recommends, but the total is creeping back up again, according to a new study.
YouTube  conspiracies  tech&society  AlgoReport 
23 days ago
The Second Wave of Algorithmic Accountability – Law and Political Economy
While the first wave of algorithmic accountability focuses on improving existing systems, a second wave of research has asked whether they should be used at all—and, if so, who gets to govern them.
AlgoReport  accountability  AI 
24 days ago
Consumer Autonomy Violations and the Coming AI Backlash | INSEAD Knowledge
The profoundly beneficial impact of AI-based systems may be blunted in the 2020s, if Big Tech isn’t careful.
agency  privacy  regulation  AI  AlgoReport 
24 days ago
Predicting the coronavirus outbreak: How AI connects the dots to warn about disease threats
BlueDot’s AI algorithm, a type of computer program that improves as it processes more data, brings together news stories in dozens of languages, reports from plant and animal disease tracking networks and airline ticketing data. The result is an algorithm that’s better at simulating disease spread than algorithms that rely on public health data – better enough to be able to predict outbreaks.
publichealth  algorithms  AlgoReport 
24 days ago
Google faces backlash, lawsuit for gathering health data from hospitals - Business Insider
For years, Google has been quietly gathering people's health data through partnerships with hospitals and universities in order to build its artificial intelligence systems meant to predict health trends.
AlgoReport  bigdata  healthcare  analytics  Google  privacy 
24 days ago
Tip: Machine learning solutions for journalists | Tip of the day
Still scratching your head about using AI in your newsroom? Here are some of the techniques commonly used in the Quartz investigations team and AI studio.
journalism  AlgoReport  AI  machinelearning 
24 days ago
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