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medium.com > Ed Newton-Rex and Hendrik Vincent Koops
The Ethics of the AI Song Contest
18 oct. 2020 - Earlier this year, we were on the judging panel for the first international AI song contest. Run by Dutch national broadcaster VPRO, and inspired by Eurovision, the contest brought together 13 teams who battled it out, in front of the public and us judges, for supremacy in AI music. The idea wasn’t to have AI write an entire song – rather, it was to encourage human-AI collaboration.
 · ai-ethics · appropriating-the-commons · artificial-intelligence · copyright · eurovision-songfestival · music

medium.com > Joan Donovan
How Civil Society Can Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech Without Making It Worse
28 sep. 2020 - In the battle to combat misinformation, researchers have offered clear advice for how journalists should cover and debunk it, but we have very provided little guidance for how civil society should counter media manipulation and disinformation campaigns. The lack of attention to civil society responses is a major gap in the research and it’s becoming increasingly clear that the guidance for journalists does not translate easily to civil society. At this time, we need all hands on deck to ensure a free and fair election. In this document, I explore a set of potential strategies to be used specifically by civil society organizations (CSOs) to mitigate misinformation.
 · civil-society · disinformation · hate-speech · misinformation · reddit · truth

medium.com > David J. Malan
Teaching from Home via Zoom
6 jul. 2020 - CS50 is Harvard University’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming, a course that can be taken both on campus and off. The course is unusual, perhaps, for its “production value,” which is part of its pedagogy, so that students watching videos asynchronously online feel no less a part of the classroom than students on campus. With all students now off campus, though, and all classes online, the course has aspired to optimize students’ synchronous experiences via Zoom as well. In this post, a look at the hardware and software with which we have experimented at home, including links so that others might adopt a solution like ours in whole or in part.
 · education · educational-technology · obs-studio · online-education · zoom

medium.com > Arnold Brown
Blackbird in the Coal Mine — Are Technology Platforms Stifling Black Community? — Part 2
17 oct. 2018 - In Part 1, I wrote about the technology conditions that led to a group of entrepreneurs creating Blackbird, a custom browser and web search to showcase African American content. While many applauded Blackbird’s efforts to contribute to an emerging Black content community online, others saw Blackbird much more negatively. For some, the fact that a product showcased Black content meant it excluded people from other racial or ethnic groups, or that it promoted a form of self-segregation. For many, they simply did not see a “problem” with the mainstream’s approach to search or showcasing content, and because Blacks were not marginalized to begin with creating a vehicle to address marginalization made no sense. After all, the Internet was supposed to be colorblind.
 · advertising · black-struggle · blackbird · culture · search-engines · social-media

medium.com > Arnold Brown
Blackbird in the Coal Mine — Are Technology Platforms Stifling Black Community? — Part 1
12 oct. 2018 - On August 30, 2018 the New York Times ran a piece by Farhad Manjoo entitled, “Here’s the Conversation We Really Need to Have About Bias at Google” which explained why Trump’s unsupported claims about search engine bias against conservative voices potentially undermines the conversation various communities and experts have been trying to have for a very long time about the hidden, pervasive and often unintended bias of the search engine results. The 60 Minutes piece “How Did Google Get So Big?” which aired on September 23, 2018, includes discussion of the harmful impacts of the bias of search engines. Even while Google and others strive to modify their algorithms to produce results that are free from the hidden or unintended bias and also more capable of producing results individually relevant, I would suggest there is still the need to create communities of content in ways that don’t silo us as people, but provide an additive overlay.
 · algorithmic-bias · black-struggle · blackbird · brazil · content-discovery · culture · google · search-engines · technology

medium.com > Jacob Metcalf
“The study has been approved by the IRB”: Gayface AI, research hype and the pervasive data ethics gap
30 nov. 2017 - Just as it has changed the methods of science and engineering, the tools of large scale data analytics have caused major shifts in how we judge the ethical consequences of scientific research. And our current methods are not keeping up. Historically, research ethics has been animated by a core set of questions, such as how do you decide if a scientific experiment is justified given the potential risks and benefits to the people being studied, or to society at large? How do you track who has to bear those risks and who gets the benefits?
 · data-ethics · data-science · gay-rights · machine-learning · project-hva · research-ethics

medium.com > Tim Pastoor
Fixing Orwellian Reputation Systems
29 mar. 2017 - Reputation systems on the Internet are very helpful, very powerful, and can sometimes become very scary. In this article, I will explain traditional reputation systems (based on blacklisting), and propose a system that works completely counter-wise (based on whitelisting), which gives the user more relevant search results, and more control over his/her own data.
 · decentralization · identity · peer-to-peer · reputation · trust