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Why Somaly Mam's Lies Matter

Why Somaly Mam's Lies Matter
thebaffler.com — Following a cover story about the various exaggerations and fabrications of Cambodian anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam and her colleagues last week, Mam announced on Wednesday that she would resign. In his Newsweek story, Simon Marks asked, "She has done so much for so many, does it matter that key parts of her story aren't true?"

What's The Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

What's The Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much
huffingtonpost.com — Current and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of "hand-wringing" that has made "our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging."

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much
propublica.org — A look at how the region is grappling with terrorism attacks - and how revolving-door prisons could be compounding the threat. Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook volumelow Podcast RSS RSS Latest Stories in this Project Current and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of "hand-wringing" that has made "our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging."

What We Know About the Computer Formulas Making Decisions in Your Life

What We Know About the Computer Formulas Making Decisions in Your Life
propublica.org — We reported yesterday on a study of Uber's dynamic pricing scheme that investigated Uber's surge pricing patterns in Manhattan and San Francisco and showed riders how they could potentially avoid higher prices. The study's authors finally shed some light on Uber's "black box," the algorithm that automatically sets prices but that is inaccessible to both drivers and riders.

Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers

Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers
gizmodo.com — Uber has long stirred controversy and consternation over the higher "surge" prices it charges at peak times. The company has always said the higher prices actually help passengers by encouraging more drivers to get on the road. But computer scientists from Northeastern University have found that higher prices don't necessarily result in more drivers.

Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers

Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers
propublica.org — Uber has long stirred controversy and consternation over the higher "surge" prices it charges at peak times. The company has always said the higher prices actually help passengers by encouraging more drivers to get on the road. But computer scientists from Northeastern University have found that higher prices don't necessarily result in more drivers.

Your Smart Home Knows a Lot About You

Your Smart Home Knows a Lot About You
propublica.org — How much does your smart home know about you? That was the question that Charles Givre, a data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, set out to answer in a recent experiment. Givre has an account on Wink, a platform designed to control, from a single screen, his Internet-connected home devices, such as door locks, window shades and LED lights.

What Happens When Biases Are Inadvertently Baked Into Algorithms

What Happens When Biases Are Inadvertently Baked Into Algorithms
theatlantic.com — As more companies and services use data to target individuals, those analytics could inadvertently amplify bias. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data
propublica.org — A recent ProPublica analysis of The Princeton Review's prices for online SAT tutoring shows that customers in areas with a high density of Asian residents are often charged more. When presented with this finding, The Princeton Review called it an "incidental" result of its geographic pricing scheme.

The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs

The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs
propublica.org — Shortly before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation last September, he told an interviewer: "Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job." One of Holder's more activist initiatives received attention last week when The New York Times highlighted how Holder's Justice Department began the novel practice of filing arguments in state and county courts.
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Apr 26, 2016

Fav headline of the day --> "Hover is a book-shaped selfie drone you just unfold and toss in the air" httyahoo.com/tech/hover-boo…

Apr 25, 2016

@noahmccormack Ha, it's true, they used to call me "the Serena Williams of blog maintenance."

Apr 25, 2016

So excited for this podcast hosted by @AdamHSays - this Tampa Bay Times story was nuts twitter.com/ProPublica/sta…

Apr 25, 2016

RT @lifewinning: If you need a painfully literal stock photo for your slide deck about AI at a Crossroads, this happened yesterday https://pic.twitter.com/WkSb3NoWzq.co/WkSb3NoWzq

Apr 24, 2016

@mrcolinjfleming hahaha oh man I just saw this. It would be my pleasure to star in this with you


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