Cyberculture agenda: Big Data might justify racism in wrong hands… Wikipedia’s use of artificial intelligence…


Better artificial intelligence is often associated with the detriment of a human workforce, but judging by some new practices by the team at Wikipedia HQ, it doesn’t have to be that way. Ford Foundation’s Michael Brennan discusses the many studies showing how algorithms can magnify bias — like the prevalence of police background check ads shown against searches for black names. (more…)

As part of the #letter4u campaign responding to the Paris Attacks, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has been trying to do outreach with “the young people of Europe and North America”. Many bots have hijacked various other hashtags unrelated to the campaign to include photos such as these, or links to the actual letter.

In the wake of the devastating floods in Chennai, Facebook has activated its Security Check feature for the city, which lets people in the affected areas mark themselves as safe. Most parts of the city have been submerged, leaving thousands of people stranded in their homes. With daily life coming to a standstill, more torrential rain is expected in the new few days.

The nonprofit foundation that oversees development on Tor, the anonymity and privacy tool, has launched its first ever major cash fundraiser, seeking support for its crucial work. (more…)

Can We Trust the Hacker Philanthropists?

The billionaires are here to save us. As the governments of the world twiddle their thumbs in Paris over carbon emissions, on Monday Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg announced an ambitious philanthropic undertaking to fight climate change. That was followed by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan’sannouncement Tuesday that he plans to donate nearly all of his money to philanthropic efforts. In a letter to his newborn daughter Max, Zuckerberg poured out the milk of human kindness:

The first end-to-end encrypted messaging app for phones now intends to extend its secret-sharing to traditional computers.

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