Call for Postdoctoral Position on Fairness & Ethics in AI

Application deadline for full consideration: Dec 1, 2019Background: Ph.D in Computer Science, Statistics, Computational Social Science or related field by starting date.Postdoctoral position dates: 1-year position (extensible), starting in Aug 2020 (starting date flexible). Seeking postdoc applicants interested in studying the areas of fairness and ethics in machine learning / artificial intelligence / data science … Continue reading Call for Postdoctoral Position on Fairness & Ethics in AI

What Responsibilities Does Facebook Have With Our Private Data?

Post written by an S&DS150 student! 77% of the United States population used social media in 2018 [1]. The largest social media platform, Facebook, thus holds an enormous amount of data. Not only does Facebook have data from its users’ profiles, it also has data on their private messages, who they interact with, how long they … Continue reading What Responsibilities Does Facebook Have With Our Private Data?

Privacy Wars Fueled by the GDPR — by Will Horvath

The practice of data science, unlike biomedical research, has no clearly demarcated standards for adequate consent and transparency. As our early class discussions have illustrated, it can be hard to determine under which circumstances consent should be required in such a rapidly evolving field. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), implemented in 2018, provides the … Continue reading Privacy Wars Fueled by the GDPR — by Will Horvath

(Un)voiced Consent: Voice Print Usage in U.S. Prisons – by Maria Gargiulo

In prisons across the U.S., incarcerated people are being asked to make a strange decision – repeat a series of predetermined words and phrases to an automated voice on a prison phone or lose their phone access in part or in whole. Inmates facing this decision are offered little, if any, information about why they … Continue reading (Un)voiced Consent: Voice Print Usage in U.S. Prisons – by Maria Gargiulo

Data Exclusion: The Costs of Being Uncounted – by Colin Hill

When most people think of big data and its possible perils, the kinds of stories that come to mind include those of the father who found out his teenage daughter was pregnant from Target advertisements, the couple whose private conversation was recorded by an Alexa and sent to one of the husband's employees, or Cambridge … Continue reading Data Exclusion: The Costs of Being Uncounted – by Colin Hill