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May 18, 2017

5.17: disinformation; ai; open web


updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond
New report: Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online details why US media was vulnerable to disinformation from online groups

Around the Institute

Data & Society Joins Partnership on AI

Data & Society is pleased to announce that we have joined the Partnership on AI as one of fourteen new nonprofit Partners. Data & Society believes that engagement and grounded research—attentive to social dynamics and on-the-ground contexts—can add clarity and suggest directions for action, policy, design, and technical development in AI, automation, and autonomous systems.

BONUS: New Listen podcast episode “AI in the Open World: Directions, Challenges, and Futures,” featuring Eric Horvitz, PAI interim co-chair.

Tech Companies Should Speak Up for Refugees, Not Only High-Skilled Immigrants

“Tech companies did not intend for their tools to facilitate one of the largest mass movements of refugees in history, but they have a responsibility to look out for the safety and security of the vulnerable consumers using their products.” —Mark Latonero

Applications Close Sunday for Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowships

Do you care about automation and intelligent systems? the future of labor? media manipulation? fairness and civil and human rights? data in learning? privacy and surveillance? or network infrastructures? Apply by this Sunday, May 21 for the Open Web Fellows program – a collaboration between Ford Foundation and Mozilla that brings together technology talent and civil society organizations to advance and protect the open Web.

BONUS: We are also seeking a Director of Finance & Administration (apply by: June 2).

Around the Around

How Google Took Over the Classroom

““If my daughter came home and logged on to Google Docs on my computer at home, they’ll know it was now coming from this address,” said Mr. Barsotti, the Chicago-area project manager. “If this is truly for educational purposes, what is their business model and why do they need to collect that?”” —Natasha Singer
Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago. We Tested It.

“The risks posed by the lax security, experts say, go well beyond simple digital snooping. Sophisticated attackers could take advantage of vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi networks to take over devices like computers or smart phones and use them to record conversations involving anyone on the premises.” —Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, and Julia Angwin