Monday, September 12, 2016

That is SO last week

Last week, as we learned that the CIA has invested in another Big Data analytics startup, new headlines and commentary addressed the dangers of hidden bias in technology. LinkedIn changed its search algorithm after the Seattle Times reported that its search results apparently favored men. Time and Salon spotlighted a new book—Weapons of Math Destructionthat addresses “the effects of computerized discrimination” across different sectors of society and the economy. The Time story reminded us of the Obama Administration’s May 2014 report warning of the potential for big data analytics to obscure civil rights protections in the use of personal information in employment, housing, health, education, and other areas.
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