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When thinking about machine learning, stop to ask who is doing the machine teaching.

Many people think of Google as just a public library or some type of public, trusted, vetted platform....that is somehow credible and fair and that it doesn't have any biases, but, in fact, we know that it is really an advertising platform.

Algorithms have no agency. They are heuristics deployed by people to automate tasks. By their nature, algorithms fail to replicate crucial nuances of human judgment.

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AI Is the Future—But Where Are the Women?

AI Is the Future—But Where Are the Women?

August 17, 2018 at 11:24PM
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For all their differences, big tech companies agree on where we’re heading: into a future dominated by smart machines. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple all say that every aspect of
Google just gave control over data center cooling to an AI

Google just gave control over data center cooling to an AI

August 17, 2018 at 06:47AM
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Google revealed today that it has given control of cooling several of its leviathan data centers to an AI algorithm. Over the past couple of years, Google has been testing
Meet Superposition, the Pop-Up Gallery Offering a New Socially Conscious Model | artnet News

Meet Superposition, the Pop-Up Gallery Offering a New Socially Conscious Model | artnet News

August 15, 2018 at 03:39PM
Go to the source The problems facing galleries today aren’t new, but they’re more daunting than ever: rising rent costs and fair fees, the looming threat of e-commerce, backlash from local communities crying displacement.
Tesla whistleblower tweets details about allegedly flawed cars, scrapped parts

Tesla whistleblower tweets details about allegedly flawed cars, scrapped parts

August 15, 2018 at 03:28PM
Go to the source Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp is tweeting internal emails, photos and vehicle identification numbers that he says are evidence of flawed manufacturing practices at Tesla’s battery factory, and product sold by
I want bad news and I want it fast: That’s the business model for Factal, a business-focused company from the founders of Breaking News

I want bad news and I want it fast: That’s the business model for Factal, a business-focused company from the founders of Breaking News

August 14, 2018 at 05:18PM
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Breaking News, which sent out news alerts from around the globe 24 hours a day, was beloved, but that wasn’t enough to save it. The company, consisting of a Twitter
Fax Machines Are Still Everywhere, and Wildly Insecure

Fax Machines Are Still Everywhere, and Wildly Insecure

August 13, 2018 at 08:23PM
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It’s tempting to think of fax machines as a relic, every bit as relevant as an eight-track tape. But fields like health care and government still rely on faxes every
How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

August 13, 2018 at 09:59AM
Go to the source The California Cybersecurity Integration Center alerted its partners to the Thomas Fire along Interstate 5, before the largest wildfire in the state’s modern history was phoned in last December. Someone
Hacking a Brand New Mac Remotely, Right Out of the Box

Hacking a Brand New Mac Remotely, Right Out of the Box

August 10, 2018 at 05:19PM
Go to the source Apple’s supply chain is one of the most closely monitored and analyzed in the world, both because of the control the company exerts and keen interest from third parties. But
More than 1,000 U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect

More than 1,000 U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect

August 7, 2018 at 02:16PM
Go to the source As a senior editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniel Rubin writes a daily newsletter with links to 10 “Hey, Martha!” articles — some on Philly.com, some on other news websites.
Launch of .ISLAM and .HALAL TLDs Remain on Hold as per ICANN's Controversial Decision

Launch of .ISLAM and .HALAL TLDs Remain on Hold as per ICANN’s Controversial Decision

August 7, 2018 at 02:01PM
Go to the source "ICANN holds .islam, .halal in limbo despite losing case," reports Kieren McCarthy in The Register. "In a letter sent to the Turkish organization that applied for the rights to operate
Ethics and the pursuit of artificial intelligence

Ethics and the pursuit of artificial intelligence

August 5, 2018 at 04:24PM
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So many businesses and governments are scurrying to get into the artificial intelligence (AI) race that many appear to be losing sight of some important things that should matter
Is data consent in humanitarian contexts too much to ask?

Is data consent in humanitarian contexts too much to ask?

August 6, 2018 at 05:07AM
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Photo by: Catkin / Pixabay CANBERRA — In Australia, a three-month period has begun to opt out of a government-run electronic health record scheme, allowing all adults to decide
Pentagon Prohibits Personnel From Using GPS Services in All ‘Operational Areas’

Pentagon Prohibits Personnel From Using GPS Services in All ‘Operational Areas’

August 6, 2018 at 04:20PM
Go to the source The Defense Department on Monday issued an order barring all personnel from using geolocation services on their personal and government-issued devices in all “operational areas.” The policy, which applies to smartphones,
WhatsApp is a black box of viral misinformation — but in Brazil, 24 newsrooms are teaming up to fact-check it

WhatsApp is a black box of viral misinformation — but in Brazil, 24 newsrooms are teaming up to fact-check it

August 6, 2018 at 02:41PM
Go to the source Another big national election means another big collaborative fact-checking initiative. But this one will get a small but important assist from the Facebook-owned messaging behemoth WhatsApp — where a healthy
Venezuela's Maduro after alleged attack: 'I'm alive and victorious'

Venezuela’s Maduro after alleged attack: ‘I’m alive and victorious’

August 4, 2018 at 07:41PM
Go to the source "I’m alive and victorious," he said. Maduro was evacuated from a stage on Saturday during a speech in Caracas after what authorities concluded was an attempted "terrorist attack against the
The long and difficult road to a U.S. privacy law: Part 1

The long and difficult road to a U.S. privacy law: Part 1

August 3, 2018 at 11:07AM
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This is the first in a series of three posts by Robert Gellman.  A few years ago, the notion of a GDPR-like U.S. privacy law was a pipe
The political implications of a French court decision on data subject rights

The political implications of a French court decision on data subject rights

August 3, 2018 at 11:07AM
Go to the source Since May 25, 2018, compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation became compulsory for all organizations based within the European Union, or based outside of the EU, when they are dealing
AMIA says draft federal data strategy will improve information sharing, analytics

AMIA says draft federal data strategy will improve information sharing, analytics

August 3, 2018 at 11:07AM
Go to the source The American Medical Informatics Association has voiced its support for the draft Federal Data Strategy, noting that if properly deployed it could improve information sharing and analytics for healthcare research
A Conversation with Author Cindy Mediavilla | American Libraries Magazine

A Conversation with Author Cindy Mediavilla | American Libraries Magazine

August 3, 2018 at 11:06AM
Go to the source Cindy Mediavilla spent 18 years as a public librarian and managed the Friendly Stop, a homework center for Orange (Calif.) Public Library, in the early 1990s. She has been studying
Apple becomes world's first trillion dollar company

Apple becomes world’s first trillion dollar company

August 3, 2018 at 10:56AM
Go to the source Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company on Thursday, as a rise in its share price saw it touch the landmark before its closest rival for the honour, retail giant
Government’s IT Watchdog on the Tech Challenges He Leaves Behind

Government’s IT Watchdog on the Tech Challenges He Leaves Behind

August 3, 2018 at 10:53AM
Go to the source As the lead on IT issues at the Government Accountability Office, Dave Powner has learned a lot about federal technology during two decades of public service. During that time, he’s
The DNC Enlists Kids in Its Fight Against Hackers

The DNC Enlists Kids in Its Fight Against Hackers

August 2, 2018 at 05:53PM
Go to the source Voting systems in the United States are so woefully hackable, an eight-year-old could do it. At least, that’s the conceit of a competition co-sponsored by the Democratic National Committee at
All the problems with Twitter's ban on Elon Musk parody accounts

All the problems with Twitter’s ban on Elon Musk parody accounts

August 2, 2018 at 12:20PM
Go to the source Elon Musk is sitting in his multimillion-dollar Bel-Air mansion, cursing his nemesis. It is not the taxman, nor the Nasa scientists poo-pooing his plans for Mars. It’s not even the
The rise of SamSam, the hacker group shutting down entire cities

The rise of SamSam, the hacker group shutting down entire cities

August 2, 2018 at 12:19PM
Go to the source Less than three months into her job as newly elected mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms’ city was starting to crumble. The court system cancelled appointments, 90 per cent of
VA is Rethinking Its Entire Online Presence

VA is Rethinking Its Entire Online Presence

August 2, 2018 at 12:19PM
Go to the source The Veterans Affairs Department is looking for a team of developers to consolidate its far-flung agency websites into a single, user-friendly online portal. The vendor would lead a complete redesign
How Participatory Data Collection is Shaping China’s Mobility & Climate Policy

How Participatory Data Collection is Shaping China’s Mobility & Climate Policy

August 2, 2018 at 12:17PM
Go to the source In early July, Meeting of the Minds Consultant and Writer Kate O’Brien connected by phone with Xumei Chen, Director of the Policy and Standard Division at China Urban Sustainable Transport
"Data Management and Sharing in Neuroimaging: Practices and Perceptions of MRI Researchers"

“Data Management and Sharing in Neuroimaging: Practices and Perceptions of MRI Researchers”

August 2, 2018 at 09:39AM
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John A. Borghi and Ana E. Van Gulick have published “Data Management and Sharing in Neuroimaging: Practices and Perceptions of MRI Researchers” in . Here’s an excerpt: Neuroimaging methods
Artificial Intelligence in Libraries in the Late 1980’s and Early 1990’s

Artificial Intelligence in Libraries in the Late 1980’s and Early 1990’s

August 2, 2018 at 09:39AM
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In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, academic libraries were creating prototype and operational expert systems using expert system shells and logic programming languages, such as Prolog. A snapshot
Moral decision making is rife with internal conflict, say developmental psychologists

Moral decision making is rife with internal conflict, say developmental psychologists

August 2, 2018 at 09:42AM
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(University of California – Santa Cruz) A new in-depth study of moral reasoning challenges the popular notion that people are unable to think through difficult moral problems and rely primarily
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