Updates | 10.26.16

10.26: criminal justice tech; sharing economy; ethics


updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

—ongoing calls—
Workshop: Work, Labor, Automation; apply by November 1.
IJOC Call for Papers: Special Section on “Privacy at the Margins”
We are hiring two to four postdoctoral scholars for 2017-18; apply by December 6.

Around the Institute

Points: What do we want criminal justice technology to be?
“if the idea is to create a more ‘fair’ criminal justice system through machine learning, then we have the unfortunate problem that all existing training data is garbage.” R. Joshua Scannell introduces us to the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology’s massive, urgent report on police use of facial recognition tech — as a way into larger questions.

Social Good in the Sharing Economy
Caroline Jack discusses what is needed for the economy of our future, including moving away from what is currently rewarded “toward designing systems that optimize workers’ and consumers’ dignity, sustenance and welfare.”

How to Socially Engineer Voluntary Integration
“Parents need to understand the limitations of the school performance data. We should include alongside the data sets, of which New York City’s School Performance Dashboard is an exquisite example, a set of caveats.” —Claire Fontaine

Data Ethics Case Studies
The Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society has released two new case studies: 1) The Right to be Forgotten or the Duty to be Remembered? Twitter data reuse and implications for user privacy ; and 2) Improving Services—At What Cost? Examining the Ethics of Twitter Research at the Montana State University Library.

Relationships and Privacy in a World of Tinder and Twitter [video]
At “Kids Online,” Amanda Lenhart discussed how technology affects young people and their relationships in the age of expected social media participation and increased virtual presences.

Data & Society Job Opening: Director of Communications
Our dynamic organization is growing, and we need a Director of Communications to help us strengthen our work and its impact. Apply by November 21.

Around the Around

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking
“And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default.” —Julia Angwin

Taser Explores Concept of Drone Armed With Stun Gun for Police Use
“‘One can certainly imagine high-risk scenarios such as terrorist barricades where such a capability could allow public safety officers to more rapidly incapacitate a threat and save many lives,’ Mr. Tuttle said, adding these ‘remain conceptual discussions’ at this time. ‘We’re also considering the potential misuses of such a technology in our discussions and before we would make any decisions,’ he said.” —Zusha Elinson

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