Updates | 06.14.17

6.14: future perfect; data ethics; automated justie

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.

Future Perfect is curated by Data & Society artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington. For more on panels and speakers, click here.

Around the Institute

When a Computer Program Keeps You in Jail

“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.

Databites 100 Series: Livestream Today

Tune in today at 4:15pm EST for a livestream of our Databites 100 Series. Today, three of this year’s fellows present on computational inequality; data ethics; and open data:
  • Suchana Seth: Machine Learning: What’s Fair, and How Do We Decide?
  • Ravi Shroff: Stats and the City: A Data-driven Approach to Criminal Justice and Child Welfare
  • Anne Washington: Data Science Reasoning
There’s still time to RSVP to attend the Wednesday, June 21 grand finale!


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

The Digital Footprint of Europe’s Refugees

“[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


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