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VIN Decoder & Car History Report
When using the carVertical platform, our VIN Decoder/VIN Lookup tools make it easy to get a full vehicle history report. Access to authentic odometer readings, in-depth summaries of accidents, vehicle’s maintenance log. Blockchain-based solution that unlocks the true car history of every vehicle in our database.
 · cars > Jill Toh and Naomi Appelman
Technology can be racist and we should talk about that
13 jul. 2021 - The past year has been filled with examples of technologies being racist. Yet, how we can fight this is hardly part of societal debate in the Netherlands. This must change, Jill Toh and Naomi Appelman write. Making these racist technologies visible is the first step towards acknowledging that technology can indeed be racist.
 · black-struggle · dating · fraud · grindr · netherlands · proctoring · racism-and-technology-center · racist-technology
Are We Automating Racism?
31 mar. 2021 - Many of us assume that tech is neutral, and we have turned to tech as a way to root out racism, sexism, or other “isms” plaguing human decision-making. But as data-driven systems become a bigger and bigger part of our lives, we also notice more and more when they fail, and, more importantly, that they don’t fail on everyone equally. Glad You Asked host Joss Fong wants to know: Why do we think tech is neutral? How do algorithms become biased? And how can we fix these algorithms before they cause harm?
 · algorithmic-bias · artificial-intelligence · machine-learning · racist-technology · social-justice · twitter > Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield and Laurence Meyer
Reinforce rights, not racism: Why we must fight biometric mass surveillance in Europe
24 jun. 2021 - Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP in conversation with Laurence Meyer, from the Digital Freedom Fund, about the dangers of the increasing use of biometric mass surveillance - both within the EU and outside it, as well as the impact it can have on the lives of people who are already being discriminated against.
 · biometrics · black-struggle · eu · facial-recognition · gay-rights · gender · homophobia · hungary · intersectionality · mass-surveillance · racist-technology · serbia · surveillance · wrongful-arrest > Frank Hendrickx and Tom Kreling
Ministerie liet Van Lienden voorwaarden bepalen bij megaorder: ‘hogere prijs’ en ‘vertrouwelijkheid’
5 jun. 2021 - Het ministerie van VWS gaf Sywert van Lienden de vrije hand bij het bepalen van de voorwaarden voor een lucratieve mondkapjesdeal van 100 miljoen euro. De mediapersoonlijkheid mocht tal van eisen stellen: een ‘hogere prijs’, ‘vrijheid voor ondernemerschap’ en ‘vertrouwelijkheid’. Het ministerie willigde die allemaal in.
 · covid-19 · netherlands · sywert-van-lienden > Linnet Taylor and Tineke Broer
Now you see it, now you don’t: how the Dutch Covid-19 data gap makes ethnic and racialised inequality invisible
17 jun. 2021 - All over the world, in the countries hardest hit by Covid-19, there is clear evidence that marginalised groups are suffering the worst impacts of the disease. This plays out differently in different countries: for instance in the US, there are substantial differences in mortality rates by race and ethnicity. Israelis have a substantially lower death rate from Covid-19 than Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza. In Brazil, being of mixed ancestry is the second most important risk factor, after age, for dying of Covid-19. These racial and ethnic (and related) differences appear also to be present in the Netherlands, but have been effectively rendered politically invisible by the national public health authority’s refusal to report on it.
 · covid-19 · inequality · netherlands · racist-technology · statistics · united-kingdom
1 year, $3.8 billion later: How 2020’s race reckoning shook up Big Tech
16 jun. 2021 - A year ago, as our lives were being upended by the pandemic, Black Americans were simultaneously processing the emotional weight and tragedy of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others whose lives were cut short due to police brutality. The world watched as protest after protest erupted across the country over the summer of 2020. But, unlike previous collective actions, this moment felt different. Big Tech and corporate America—predominantly white environments—broke their silence. Companies started pledging to do things differently, claiming they would doggedly support Black workers, Black organizations, and Black companies via investments, donations, and hiring pledges. At The Plug, a subscription news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy, we quickly began documenting the commitments made by tech CEOs, cross-referencing them with data points of what Black representation looked like across their workforces and boards. (You can view the original spreadsheet here.) A year later, we’re proud to continue that work, in partnership with Fast Company. Together we set out to try to understand—through data and first-person accounts—if anything really changed. How have the lives of Black tech workers, users, and citizens been altered by the bold commitments these companies made?
 · not-read · platforms · racist-technology > Bogdan Kulynych, Carmela Troncoso, Ero Balsa, Rebekah Overdorf and Seda Gürses
Questioning the assumptions behind fairness solutions
27 nov. 2018 - In addition to their benefits, optimization systems can have negative economic, moral, social, and political effects on populations as well as their environments. Frameworks like fairness have been proposed to aid service providers in addressing subsequent bias and discrimination during data collection and algorithm design. However, recent reports of neglect, unresponsiveness, and malevolence cast doubt on whether service providers can effectively implement fairness solutions. These reports invite us to revisit assumptions made about the service providers in fairness solutions. Namely, that service providers have (i) the incentives or (ii) the means to mitigate optimization externalities. Moreover, the environmental impact of these systems suggests that we need (iii) novel frameworks that consider systems other than algorithmic decision-making and recommender systems, and (iv) solutions that go beyond removing related algorithmic biases. Going forward, we propose Protective Optimization Technologies that enable optimization subjects to defend against negative consequences of optimization systems.
 · fairness · not-read > Cindy Cohn, Karen Gullo and Katitza Rodriguez
European Court on Human Rights Bought Spy Agencies’ Spin on Mass Surveillance
26 may. 2021 - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber this week affirmed what we’ve long known, that the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance regime, which involved the indiscriminate and suspicionless interception of people’s communications, violated basic human rights to privacy and free expression. We applaud the Strasbourg-based Grand Chamber, the highest judicial body of the Council of Europe, for the ruling and for its strong stance demanding new safeguards to prevent privacy abuses, beyond those required by a lower court in 2018.
 · echr · gchq · mass-surveillance · oversight · united-kingdom > Grace Ebert
Close-Up Portraits Reveal the Incredibly Diverse Characteristics of Individual Bees
26 may. 2021 - Although busy hives filled with honeybees tend to dominate mainstream imagery and conversations about bee populations, 90 percent of the insects are actually solitary creatures that prefer to live outside of a colony. This majority, which is comprised of tens of thousands of species, are also superior pollinators in comparison to their social counterparts because they’re polylectic, meaning they collect the sticky substance from multiple sources, making them even more crucial to maintaining crops and biodiversity.
 · bees · insects · photography > Irene van der Linde, Marcel ten Hooven and Reinier van Zutphen
‘Een ambtenaar moet kunnen zeggen: ik verdom het. Ook al is het honderd keer de wet’
12 may. 2021 - De Nationale Ombudsman denkt dat de vernieuwingsgeest van de jaren zestig en zeventig in deze tijd van pas kan komen. De overheid moet leren haar burgers tegemoet te treden zonder achterdocht. ‘De overheid ziet burgers nu als potentiële fraudeurs.’
 · data-justice · fraud · human-rights · netherlands · rule-of-law · trust > Grace Ebert
A Mammoth New Book Takes an Immersive and Intimate Journey Through the Brazilian Amazon
25 may. 2021 - Photographer Sebastião Salgado spent six years immersed in the Brazilian Amazon as he documented the world’s largest tropical rainforest in black-and-white. From wide, aerial shots framing the vegetation populating the landscape to sincere portraits of Indigenous peoples living throughout the region, Salgado’s wide-ranging photographs are a revealing and intimate study of the area today.
 · amazon-jungle · brazil · photography > Andrea Prins
Rotterdam is divers, nu de woningen nog
18 may. 2021 - Alleen met bouwen, bouwen en nog eens bouwen lossen we de woningcrisis niet op. Er wordt namelijk één belangrijke vraag over het hoofd gezien: welke woningen zijn er eigenlijk nodig? “We moeten herkennen dat wonen met tijdelijkheid te maken heeft,” stelt Andrea Prins. Een pleidooi voor meer flexibiliteit, maar wel van het juiste soort.
 · flexibility · housing · precarity > Bert Hubert
Corona Update eind mei 2021
24 may. 2021 - Ja daar zijn we weer! De vorige update uit maart was getiteld “Licht aan het einde van de tunnel”. Nou wil ik niet al te veel pochen, en resultaten uit het verleden bieden geen garanties voor de toekomst, maar het klopte allemaal best behoorlijk. De spectaculaire daling in ziekenhuiscijfers kwam in werkelijkheid een week later dan ik verwacht had. Ok.
 · covid-19 · netherlands · vaccination > Alan Cowen and Gautam Prasad
Understanding Contextual Facial Expressions Across the Globe
24 may. 2021 - It might seem reasonable to assume that people’s facial expressions are universal — so, for example, whether a person is from Brazil, India or Canada, their smile upon seeing close friends or their expression of awe at a fireworks display would look essentially the same. But is that really true? Is the association between these facial expressions and their relevant context across geographies indeed universal? What can similarities — or differences — between the situations where someone grins or frowns tell us about how people may be connected across different cultures?
 · cultural-relativism · emotions · facial-recognition · machine-learning > Daan Marselis and Matthijs Versteegh
Gezondheidseconoom Matthijs Versteegh: ‘Macht farmaceuten moet worden beteugeld’
23 may. 2021 - Houd op met al die discussies over patenten en de hoogte van R&D-kosten. Ze leiden af van waar het echt om gaat: de veel te grote macht van een handjevol farmaceutische bedrijven. Die doet het zorgstelsel kraken, waarschuwt de Rotterdamse gezondheidseconoom Matthijs Versteegh.
 · big-pharma · covid-19 · economics · healthcare · innovation · patents · solidarity > Marc Chavannes
Deze ambtenaar doet wat Rutte nalaat: een actieplan maken om de overheid weer te laten presteren
22 may. 2021 - De Tweede Kamer is vol goede voornemens. Zij wil na de formatie meer tegenmacht uitoefenen. Maar dat zal niet genoeg zijn, de hele overheid schiet tekort. Dat zei de ervaren informateur Tjeenk Willink, nu ook weer de Algemene Rekenkamer en – ongebruikelijk – een topambtenaar met recht van spreken. Politiek dagboek over een overheid die minder goed is dan men dacht.
 · geopolitics · governance · netherlands · welfare-state