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Haverford College | 01.28.16

Sorelle Friedler Wins Knight News Challenge On Data

Sorelle Friedler

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler won the Knight News Challenge on Data, a $35,000 prize, that will help fund research in data discrimination.

“We’re not assigning motive or malicious intent to this algorithm, but we are saying if you use this algorithm, you might be discriminatory, and you should know that, and you should do something about it,” says Friedler. “It’s not because you’re a bad person, it’s because the algorithm has been trained to exploit any pattern that it finds, and so if you want it not to exploit a pattern that is discriminatory, you have to go out of your way to make sure that that happens.

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