June 14, 2017
updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond
Bookmark this livestream link for real-time access to this Friday’s Future Perfect, a conference exploring the uses, abuses, and paradoxes of speculative futures.
Around the Institute
“Defense advocacy is a keystone of due process, not a business competition. And defense attorneys are officers of the court, not would-be thieves. In civil cases, trade secrets are often disclosed to opposing parties subject to a protective order. The same solution should work for those defending life or liberty.” —Rebecca Wexler
BONUS: Rebecca Wexler in the Washington Monthly on How Private Companies Hide Flaws in the Software That Governments Use to Decide Who Goes to Prison and Who Gets Out.
Around the Around
Inspecting Algorithms for Bias“No matter which way the dials are set, any algorithm will have biases […] But we can still use such systems to guide decisions that are wiser and fairer than the ones humans tend to make on their own.” —Matthias Spielkamp
“[In] 2015 and 2016, Arabic-language searches for the word ‘German’ — a likely search term for arrivals navigating their new environment — follow similar changes in the number of monthly asylum applications of Syrian and Iraqi migrants in Germany.” —Phillip Connor
BONUS: Mark Latonero argues that Tech Companies Should Speak Up for Refugees, Not Only High-Skilled Immigrants