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Daily Archives: August 23, 2023

We Found 650,000 Ways Advertisers Label You

Via LLRXWe Found 650,000 Ways Advertisers Label You – If you spend any time online, you probably have some idea that the digital ad industry is constantly collecting data about you, including a lot of personal information, and sorting you into specialized categories so you’re more likely to buy the things they advertise to you. But in a rare look at just how deep—and weird—the rabbit hole of targeted advertising gets, Investigative Data Journalist Jon Keegan and Visualizations Engineer Joel Eastwood, of the The Markup analyzed a database of 650,000 of these audience segments, newly unearthed on the website of Microsoft’s ad platform Xandr. The trove of data indicates that advertisers could also target people based on sensitive information like being “heavy purchasers” of pregnancy test kits, having an interest in brain tumors, being prone to depression, visiting places of worship, or feeling “easily deflated” or that they “get a raw deal out of life.”

Georgia’s indictment of Trump is a confirmation of states’ rights, a favorite cause of Republicans since Reagan

Via LLRX – Georgia’s indictment of Trump is a confirmation of states’ rights, a favorite cause of Republicans since Reagan – Prof. Stefanie Lindquist elucidates a critical fact respective to the Trump indictment. All U.S. citizens are actually citizens of two separate governments: They are citizens of the United States as well as citizens of the… Continue Reading

Prioritizing People and Planet as the Metrics for Responsible AI

IEEE Standards Association – Prioritizing People and Planet as the Metrics for Responsible AI. Ethically Aligned Design for Business. “You may be aware of the term responsible artificial intelligence (AI). Perhaps you are already using a methodology for your AI design based on European regulations to avoid risk. Or you are working to help ensure… Continue Reading

Reclaiming Control: The Internet Archive Empowers People. Gatekeepers Keep Suing

Tech Dirt: “…About a year and a half later, the Internet Archive was sued for providing books in this manner to the public. The suit was triggered by a short-lived, well meaning program that made books available to students during a dark part of the pandemic by lifting certain restrictions on how many people at… Continue Reading

Report: Surge of Intrusive Legislation to Intimidate Teachers, Drive Self-Censorship in Schools

Pen America: “A wave of state legislation sweeping the nation is creating the conditions to intimidate educators into self-censorship in schools, according to a new PEN America report released today. “Educational Intimidation: How ‘Parental Rights’ Legislation Undermines the Freedom to Learn” examines the rise of what PEN America has dubbed “educational intimidation bills,” a category… Continue Reading

Microsoft removed a set of bizarre travel articles made with ‘algorithmic techniques’

Business Insider – But it won’t blame AI: “Microsoft took down a string of embarrassing and offensive travel articles last week. The company said the articles were not published by “unsupervised AI” and blamed “human error.” But the scope of the errors should concern anyone worried about AI’s impact on the news.” See also Tech… Continue Reading

The Constitutional Case for Barring Trump from the Presidency

The New Yorker [free to read]: “Earlier this month, two conservative law professors announced that they would be publishing an article, which will appear in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review next year, arguing that Donald Trump is ineligible for the Presidency. The professors, William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, make the case that unless… Continue Reading