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What Can America Learn from Europe About Regulating Big Tech?

This fascinating article from The New Yorker profiles Marietje Schaake, a former member of the European Parliament and currently the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center. The article provides an overview of Schaake’s career and opinions within the larger context of the importance of government regulation over large informational technology companies. Transnational tech …

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Tech’s ever-growing deepfake problem

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The run-up to the U.S. presidential election is also speeding up the arrival of a tipping point for digital fakery in politics, Axios’ Ashley Gold reports. As the election, a pandemic and a national protest movement collide with new media technology, this political moment is accelerating the proliferation and evolution of deliberately deceptive media, leaving …

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Bias in AI and New York City’s governance

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Though many people might not realize it, complicated algorithms, including AI in some cases, help cities like New York make decisions every day about everything from where kids should go to school to who should receive extra screening from police and which neighborhoods should have more fire stations. These systems have the potential to help …

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A Time for Research Distancing

In this thought-provoking post, Alan MacEachern & William J. Turkel discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended research practices and expectations in the humanities, especially in disciplines that require visits to archives. MacEachern & Turkel provide suggestions for devising an effective workflow for prioritizing digital archival research. Particularly germane is their observation that “a reliance …

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Coping in the era of coronavirus: A webinar for students

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As the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, psychology students are facing unique challenges prioritizing their own well-being. This webinar is designed specifically to help undergraduate and graduate students navigate the shifting COVID-19 crisis. APA psychologists Lynn Bufka, PhD and Vaile Wright, PhD will help you: Identify the things you can control. Determine …

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Mike Bloomberg’s Meme Campaign Is Just the Beginning

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Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign #spon may be cringeworthy but it’s also only the beginning. “Hello Mr. Salad,” the Instagram message from presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg begins. “Can you post this meme to make me seem cool for the upcoming Democratic primary?” A screenshot of this message was posted on Instagram this week by KaleSalad, a …

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Data Voids | Data & Society

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In Data Voids: Where Missing Data Can Easily Be Exploited, Golebiewski teams up with danah boyd (Microsoft Research; Data & Society) to demonstrate how data voids are exploited by manipulators eager to expose people to problematic content including falsehoods, misinformation, and disinformation. Data voids are often difficult to detect. Most can be harmless until something …

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