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PRG News Roundup: Oct 10, 2018

October 17, 2018 10:50 am Eli Siems 0
    The Machine Learning algorithms Amazon has been using to screen applicant’s resumes generated gender biases. This is the most recent in a line of cases of algorithm generated biases. Amazon’s system has taught itself that male candidates were preferable to female and therefore started to sort for particular terms used mostly by male applicants.…
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PRG News Roundup: Oct. 3

October 9, 2018 6:49 pm Eli Siems 0
Tim Berners-Lee and John Bruce founded the start-up Interrupt and are working on Solid, a web project designed to decentralize data ownership (The Inquirer). Facebook was hacked through their “View As” feature with over 50 million users having having their accounts taken over as well as access to the third-party websites they logged into with Facebook taking advantage of the Single Sign-On feature (Wired).…
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PRG News Roundup 11/15

November 15, 2017 7:03 pm Eli Siems 0
Emiliano Falcon and Eli Siems contributed A recent Op-Ed in the New York Times assailed the academic community for being asleep at the wheel on the critical study of algorithms and technology more broadly. Meanwhile NYU officially launched the AInow Institute for the study of the social implications of AI.…
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New York City Council Hearing on Algorithmic Transparency Bill

October 19, 2017 2:01 pm Eli Siems 0
On Monday, October 16, the New York City Council’s Committee on Technology held a hearing on the proposed bill INT 1696-2017, which “would require agencies that use algorithms or other automated processing methods that target services, impose penalties, or police persons to publish the source code used for such processing.…