Can Computers Be Racist? Big Data, Inequality, and Discrimination

Can Computers Be Racist? Big Data, Inequality, and Discrimination:

digital-femme:

The problem with big data is that its application and use is not impartial or unbiased. Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney, who also directs the university’s Data Privacy Lab, conducted a cross-country study of 120,000 Internet search ads and found repeated incidence of racial bias. Specifically, her study looked at Google adword buys made by companies that provide criminal background checks. At the time, the results of the study showed that when a search was performed on a name that was “racially associated” with the black community, the results were much more likely to be accompanied by an ad suggesting that the person had a criminal record—regardless of whether or not they did (see video below). This is just one of many research studies showing similar bias.

If an employer searched the name of a prospective hire, only to be confronted with ads suggesting that the person had a prior arrest, you can imagine how that could affect the applicant’s career prospects.

Can Computers Be Racist? Big Data, Inequality, and Discrimination

Can Computers Be Racist? Big Data, Inequality, and Discrimination:

digital-femme:

The problem with big data is that its application and use is not impartial or unbiased. Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney, who also directs the university’s Data Privacy Lab, conducted a cross-country study of 120,000 Internet search ads and found repeated incidence of racial bias. Specifically, her study looked at Google adword buys made by companies that provide criminal background checks. At the time, the results of the study showed that when a search was performed on a name that was “racially associated” with the black community, the results were much more likely to be accompanied by an ad suggesting that the person had a criminal record—regardless of whether or not they did (see video below). This is just one of many research studies showing similar bias.

If an employer searched the name of a prospective hire, only to be confronted with ads suggesting that the person had a prior arrest, you can imagine how that could affect the applicant’s career prospects.

Black to the future: afrofuturism and tech power

femmeinist-killjoy:

by Florence Okoye, 25th August 2015. Published on Open Democracy.

Social networks are another example of technologies used to promote liberation and spread consciousness about contemporary social issues.

We joke about ‘black twitter’ and ‘black tumblr’ but the reality is that these multinational, multiethnic and intercontinental networks have produced a new conscious black identity, an example of what Moya Bailey, founder of ‘Quirky Black Girls’ and member of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network referred to as “digital alchemy”. She describes this as the way “everyday digital media is transformed into valuable social justice media magic”. Though it is fraught with its own internal antagonisms, this network enables visible, self-organised political identities. This has galvanised many of us to unite across the world for the cause of social justice.

Of course, technology alone does not create utopias, neither is it neutral. Because of this, it is crucial to encourage engagement and ensure open access. Organisations such as Free Code Camp and Codebar.io recognize this. They provide free courses and the opportunity for mentoring to those less well represented in tech. While the big players in science and technology may always dominate, at least others can disrupt, embellish and beautify where they cannot.

Both in my own experience and that of many in the black diaspora, technology has played a crucial part in self empowerment. Through programming, many of us are are sharpening the skills to create technology to shape the world we live in for ourselves, rather than relying on handouts from the likes of Apple and Microsoft.’

This article would have been a perfect reference for my dissertation, and something I wish I’d had enough space to explore more. Love how I’m still thinking about my dissertation and reading around it, such a nerd, I really hope that I’ll have saved up enough money in a few years to do a masters *fingers crossed*. This also made me think of Candice who just got into a free coding course at LSE ‘cos she’s so smart and great *sighs*.
Read the full article here. 

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feministwomenofcolor:

feministwomenofcolor:

feministwomenofcolor:

feministwomenofcolor:

Sprint plans on shutting down an outdated cellular network next week. But two nonprofits are fighting Sprint in court, saying that the shutdown will cut off Internet access to low-income individuals, the elderly, and the disabled.

“The nonprofits, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen, use Sprint’s old “WiMAX” network to provide high speed wireless Internet to schools and other organizations that help the needy. Sprint’s WiMAX rates are so low that the two groups charge as little as $10 per month for unlimited access. But Sprint plans to decommission WiMAX on November 6.

WiMAX technology was developed by a company called Clearwire, which sold cheap Internet access via mobile hotspots. The network has been rendered obsolete by 4G-LTE.

Sprint bought Clearwire in 2013 and has planned to shut down the WiMAX network for more than a year.

Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen claim that more than 300,000 under-served people will lose their only access point to the Internet as a result of the WiMAX shutdown. So they filed for an emergency ruling in a Massachusetts state court on Monday to delay those plans.

“We’re trying to get more time, and trying to get the key things fixed that kept us from [being able] to transition our customers,” John Schwartz told CNNMoney. He’s the founder and president of Mobile Citizen.

Specifically, the groups want Sprint to operate WiMAX for an additional three months. They say that will give them enough time to move their customers over to Sprint’s LTE network.” Source

Click Here to sign the petition - K

@reverseracism @wocinsolidarity @queerwoc @angrywocunited please reblog this! The internet service shutting down will largely effect Non White communities and it’s important that these non profits and the families they serve to have this internet service provided to them! - K

we only have a few days left please sign and share this petition yall! - K

They only need 638 signatures on this petition yall please reblog this and sign it! - K

592….they’re so close y'all please please please sign and reblog this post - k

Y’ALL SIGN THIS AND BOOST!

fergusonresponse: ONLINE EVENT – #BlackOutDay MON SEP 21 – ALL…





fergusonresponse:

ONLINE EVENT - #BlackOutDay

MON SEP 21 - ALL DAY

Theme: UPRISING!

Inspired by the Haitian Revolution, the theme for this #BlackoutDay is “Uprising”.

In addition to showcasing your beauty, we are inviting you to share photos and stories about how anti-blackness is being combated in your life. In the days leading up to the September 21st #Blackout day, we’ll be providing you with more information on how you can support relief efforts for Haiti as well as more information on the Haitian Revolution.

As always,  this is a suggestive theme, and while we hope that you will participate and learn more about the history of Haiti and how the Haitian Revolution shaped black history, you may celebrate the Blackout any way you’d like.

For more information visit: http://tumblr.theblackout.org/post/127080928466/as-the-next-blackoutday-draws-closer-we-the

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discoverynews:

micdotcom:

2015 has been huge for biotechnology — the intersection of tech, medicine and the human body. The list of innovations that will change lives grows longer every month — some so crazy they feel like science fiction. Most remarkably,  a contact lens that will give us superhuman vision.

Go 2015!

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little-ranting-college-boy:

imcomingbackmurph:

jedavu:

Honest Posters of Our Relationship with Technology

Designer Ajit Johnson, living in England, has imagined a series of posters called “#This_Generation”. With honesty, the posters show anecdotes linked to our daily relationship with technology and social networks.

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“Can’t work a computer to it’s full potential or send an email, proceeds to ask someone a 1/3 to ½ their age for help.” #LastGeneration

“Can’t accept the fact that meaningful relationships can be made online, struggles to respect and accept said relationships.” #LastGeneration

“Has drained and abused the Earth for it’s resources, and believes that a young person would choose internet over survival. Expects us to survive and solve the problems they have created.“ #LastGeneration

“Does not understand that phones are meant for communication, also does not understand that the average semester lasts 4 months.” #LastGeneration

“Refuses to give proper sex education, shames the younger generation for not knowing.” #Last Generation

“Does not understand how social media works and that not deleting/avoiding your recent ex online is just as bad as seeing them every day.” #LastGeneration

“Also texts and drives, pretends that they are not responsible for any accidents caused by their idiot mistakes.” #LastGeneration

“Shames teenagers for taking photos of themselves that make them feel positive about their physical image, probably can’t work the camera themselves.]” #LastGeneation

“Believes that a person’s way of texting with people they are comfortable with is a sign of their intelligence level, texts just as bad, if not worse.” #LastGeneration

“Believes our generation are internet druggies, does not even acknowledge our reasons for being online, or what we do online.” #LastGeneration


“Has caused wars, economic failures, environmental disasters, perpetuated hate based on gender/race/sexuality/religion [or lack of]/and more, pretends that the younger generation is the problem.”  #LastGeneration

Whoop there it is

Reblogging for this read right here ^^^^^^^^^

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quirk-of-art:

little-ranting-college-boy:

imcomingbackmurph:

jedavu:

Honest Posters of Our Relationship with Technology

Designer Ajit Johnson, living in England, has imagined a series of posters called “#This_Generation”. With honesty, the posters show anecdotes linked to our daily relationship with technology and social networks.

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“Can’t work a computer to it’s full potential or send an email, proceeds to ask someone a 1/3 to ½ their age for help.” #LastGeneration

“Can’t accept the fact that meaningful relationships can be made online, struggles to respect and accept said relationships.” #LastGeneration

“Has drained and abused the Earth for it’s resources, and believes that a young person would choose internet over survival. Expects us to survive and solve the problems they have created.“ #LastGeneration

“Does not understand that phones are meant for communication, also does not understand that the average semester lasts 4 months.” #LastGeneration

“Refuses to give proper sex education, shames the younger generation for not knowing.” #Last Generation

“Does not understand how social media works and that not deleting/avoiding your recent ex online is just as bad as seeing them every day.” #LastGeneration

“Also texts and drives, pretends that they are not responsible for any accidents caused by their idiot mistakes.” #LastGeneration

“Shames teenagers for taking photos of themselves that make them feel positive about their physical image, probably can’t work the camera themselves.]” #LastGeneation

“Believes that a person’s way of texting with people they are comfortable with is a sign of their intelligence level, texts just as bad, if not worse.” #LastGeneration

“Believes our generation are internet druggies, does not even acknowledge our reasons for being online, or what we do online.” #LastGeneration


“Has caused wars, economic failures, environmental disasters, perpetuated hate based on gender/race/sexuality/religion [or lack of]/and more, pretends that the younger generation is the problem.”  #LastGeneration

Whoop there it is

Reblogging for this read right here ^^^^^^^^^

infinitylooper:Something to think about:The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Let’s scale that to 46…

infinitylooper:

Something to think about:

The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Let’s scale that to 46 years.
We have been here for 4 hours. Our industrial revolution began 1 minute ago.
In that time, we have destroyed more than 50% of the world’s forests.

This isn’t sustainable.