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Apr 7, 2017

4.5: big data rules; narcissism; tricks


updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

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Ten simple rules for responsible big data research

Zook et al. (including researchers from the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society) share ten simple rules to help ensure that big data research is “sound, accurate, and maximizes the good while minimizing harm.”

Narcissism, Social Media and Power

“As long as we have an attention economy, as long as there are economic incentives to try to get a lot of attention, then we are going to have people producing content with the only aim of getting attention. And the people who are the best propagandists are the ones who are able to get their message across.” —Alice Marwick

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner, and Surya Mattu examine the difference of car insurance premium prices between white and minority neighborhoods. They find that “…some major insurers charge minority neighborhoods as much as 30 percent more than other areas with similar accident costs.”

The methodology behind their analysis can be found here.

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How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons

“Of course, many companies try to nudge consumers into buying their products and services using psychological tricks. But extending these efforts to the work force is potentially transformative.” —Noam Scheiber

BONUS: Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s paper on the taking economy of Uber.

Why Can’t Silicon Valley Fix Online Harassment?

“It’s also now a behavior that isn’t linked to one particular ideology anymore. It’s a set of techniques that anyone can use. It’s free, there’s no way to prosecute, and it’s easy.” —Alice Marwick

The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism

“Any desire to assist the viability of journalism, however well motivated, bumps up against the design and incentive structures of the platforms. Until these are changed, or until there is an effort to delineate and incentivize high-quality material, social platforms will continue to undermine rather than sustain good journalism.”— Emily Bell, Taylor Owen