June 28, 2017
updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond
Around the Institute
“Our ideal selves want us to be reading long form, thinking deeply, really engaging with the politics of the day…That is where we have a tricky dynamic as we think about the algorithmic systems around us, because if the goal is to produce content that will result in clicks or likes or forwards…It is not going to be the in-depth, thoughtful pieces that we necessarily forward on. And that’s where have a big challenge as a society: We go to comfort fast.” — danah boyd
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Around the Around
“Given the breadth and scope of application, AI-based technologies are expected to trigger a myriad of legal and regulatory issues not only at the intersections of data and algorithms, but also of infrastructures and humans.” — Urs Gasser
“This, of course, raises fascinating questions about what other future initiatives Facebook could launch with its ‘god view’ of nearly a quarter of the population of Earth and who else it could grant access to – governments in particular would likely find such data of immense interest, especially with finer geographic resolution than Facebook is providing through its current initiative.” — Kalev Leetaru