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How TikTok’s Algorithm Figures You Out

The Wall Street Journal Inside TikTok’s Highly Secretive Algorithm: “The Wall Street Journal created dozens of automated accounts that watched hundreds of thousands of videos to reveal how the the TikTok algorithm knows you so well A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok only needs one important piece of information to figure out what… Continue Reading

Justice by Algorithm: Are Artificial Intelligence Risk Assessment Tools Biased Against Minorities?

Conklin, Michael and Wu, Jun, Justice by Algorithm: Are Artificial Intelligence Risk Assessment Tools Biased Against Minorities? (June 30, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3877686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3877686 “This is a review of Katherine B. Forrest’s new book When Machines Can Be Judge, Jury, and Executioner. The book does an excellent job discussing issues of fairness and… Continue Reading

National Archives Seeks to Revamp How Presidential Library Archives Social Media

NextGov: “The National Archives and Records Administration is looking to industry for ideas around how it might improve the way it collects and archives social media data from presidential administrations. NARA laid out its tentative plans in a request for information July 14. Through the RFI, NARA seeks information from companies “capable and interested in… Continue Reading

DuckDuckGo’s new email privacy service forwards tracker-free messages

Bleeping Computer: “DuckDuckGo is rolling out an email privacy feature that strips incoming messages of trackers that can help profile you for better profiling and ad targeting. Users of the service get a free “@duck.com” email address that cleans messages of trackers and forwards them to your normal inbox. Currently in private beta, DuckDuckGo’s Email… Continue Reading

This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone

TechCrunch: “Over the weekend, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments — including Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates — used spyware developed by NSO Group to hack into the phones of thousands of their most vocal critics, including journalists, activists, politicians and business executives. A leaked list of 50,000… Continue Reading

New CDC map shows most vulnerable U.S. areas with low vaccination rates

Fast Company – “Delta is wreaking havoc among communities where vaccination rates are low. This map shows you how your county ranks. Earlier this month, the delta variant of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that caused COVID-19, became dominant in the United States with just over 50% of all new Covid-19 cases being caused by it. Now… Continue Reading

State of the Global Workplace

Gallup – A global pandemic. And its impact on global engagement, stress and the workforce. COVID-19 Impact – 45% of people say their own life has been affected “a lot” by the coronavirus situation. Although not surprising, leaders need to focus on employee engagement and well being to build organizational resilience for tomorrow’s workplace. Employee… Continue Reading

House Bill Would Create Long-Awaited Software and Data Roles at Federal Agencies

NextGov: “The federal government would finally be able to hire specifically for “software development,” “software engineering,” “data management,” and “knowledge management” positions under new legislation before the House. Over multiple administrations, the federal government has tried to get better at hiring and retaining tech-savvy employees but continues to meet challenges, including the lack of specific… Continue Reading

Google Maps now tells you how packed your train will be

ZDNet: “Google is using artificial intelligence to improve Google Maps’ ability to help commuters understand how busy the public transport on their journey will be. Google is trialling new carriage-level Maps ‘crowdedness prediction’ technology in New York and Sydney, where it will attempt to show the real-time state of each carriage.  The feature relies on… Continue Reading