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danah boyd talks about the difficulties of creating and maintaining social networks on campus. Watch now! @zephoria youtube.com/watch?v=UICi7v…
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Algorithmic Impact Assessments offer a framework for evaluating and governing algorithmic systems. Want to learn more? The @datasociety team just released a report and a policy brief detailing how this can be operationalized: datasociety.net/library/assemb…
Awww... While I was on vacay, all sorts of census stakeholders tweeted #CensusIsUs. It's such a good reminder that our democracy's data infrastructure is made of, by, and for the public interest. I continue to be in awe of all of those who work to make this data possible.
“I think there is an argument to be made where if infrastructures are invisible backgrounds of our lives, then we are not really using these infrastructures, we are living with them.” –Ranjit Singh, in conversation with @laura4lano & @nataliegk1 datasociety.net/library/episod…
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Three pieces of fabulous interlocking news about @datasociety's Director of Research: 1) current DoR @SareetaAmrute received a Sage fellowship (w00t); 2) @jennaburrell joins D&S in Sept 2021 (yippeee); 3) D&S is seeking a 2022-23 DoR (is that you??): datasociety.net/announcements/…
"Come on, CDC, we need you" reflects the existential challenge that govt agencies that do science face right now. Data is nuanced, and messy. But many people don't treat data that way. So then what? science.sciencemag.org/content/372/65…
New scholarship by @alicetiara on "morally motivated networked harassment" is super relevant for all who care about disinfo, platforms, hate, and harassment. Open-access: journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…
There's been a lot of confusion this week about how to interpret differentially privacy census data. This essay by privacy experts describes how to think about statistical inference and privacy: differentialprivacy.org/inference-is-n…
NEW EDITORIAL: @kreissdaniel & I wrote about how UNC’s failure to grant Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure is the result of a conservative disinfo campaign: slate.com/technology/202…
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PhD students: @datasociety is hiring a postdoc to work on "trustworthy infrastructures" to ask: "how is trust situated within [tech, social media] infrastructures and how can safe infrastructures be designed from the margins?" boards.greenhouse.io/datasocietyres…
Publishing statistical data is privacy-safe, right? 😀 … right? 🤔 Well, not really 😟 In this ✨ new blog post ✨, I break down the successful reconstruction attack that the US Census Bureau ran on their 2010 data. It's all kinds of scary!desfontain.es/privacy/us-cen…vi3j
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How can YOU help remedy polarization and hate? You can help knit the social fabric of our society by strategically understanding networks and doing repairwork. Learn more from a talk I gave at #ELI2021. Script is here: zephoria.medium.com/knitting-a-hea…
Join AJL in telling @CBS to #CiteBlackWomen like @jovialjoy, @timnitGebru, @rajiinio & @Combsthepoet who lead the research & organizing work around AI bias. 📝Sign the petition here:bit.ly/AJL-CBS-petiti…co
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"The Constant Boss" by @aihanguyen examines how surveillance of low-wage/hourly workers continues to evolve, with both new technologies & the pandemic serving to speed up the harms/abuse. If you care about workers rights or privacy, this is important: datasociety.net/library/the-co…
New to the census/differential privacy convo? NPR's @hansilowang just posted a succinct intro/framing piece: npr.org/2021/05/19/993… (I expect the weeds to take over the lawn on this one very shortly so brace yourself!)
One of my beloved collaborators @geomblog is simultaneously jumping to work with one of my favorite people @AlondraNelson46 at the White House AND going to my dear alma mater @BrownCSDept. I am verklempt with joy. twitter.com/geomblog/statu…
Differential privacy's origin story from the mathematician who created it. In this week's Hello World, EIC @JuliaAngwin talks with Cynthia Dwork about how the U.S. Census hopes to protect American data. getrevue.co/profile/themar…
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At the heart of a federal lawsuit in Alabama is a claim that the Census Bureau's approach to protecting privacy will impede the accuracy of redistricting. Here at the Electoral Innovation Lab's @princetongerry, we took a preliminary look at that claim.
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Upcoming speakers include: May 26: @SareetaAmrute June 30: @KimTallBear July 28: @cmcilwain Aug 18: @ruha9 And beyond: @lnakamur @Simonebrown @DocDre @KishonnaGray @DrDesmondPatton @denaefordrobin and more!!
The @MSFTResearch "Race and Technology" lecture series is publicly accessible. It's filled with amazing speakers, starting with @datasociety's brilliant Director of Research @SareetaAmrute on May 26. Check out this lineup and join us! microsoft.com/en-us/research…
The @MSRNE Social Media Collective has an amazing group of incoming interns/postdocs. One of those interns - @muira_mccammon - will work directly with me to examine how government agencies speak. w00t! Check out these fantastic junior scholars: socialmediacollective.org/2021/05/04/202…
Care about youth mental health? @Amanda_Lenhart and @_kellie_owens_ just put out a @datasociety report on "the challenges of building healthy tech for young people" that dives into how design choices behind tech platforms harms youth: datasociety.net/library/the-un…
To transition people out of survival mode without a spike in suicide ideation post-pandemic will require building a holistic mental health strategy. I'm not at all convinced that we're prepared for that as a country. ::gulp::
Data from CTL & elsewhere are showing a lower level of suicidality this year. This is not reassuring in my mind. Combined with anxiety spikes and higher need, this suggests that people have gone into survival mode. Such a mode is good short term, but requires preparation...
Folks at @CrisisTextLine have just published a 50-state report on mental health in the US: crisistextline.org/everybody-hurt… Most notably, this data reveal the degree to which people are struggling with anxiety.
On 4/30 at 5PM ET, I'm celebrating @Greene_DM's new book - "The Promise of Access" - by participating in a panel. The convo will inevitably challenge techno-idealism, invoking librarians, bootcamps, & Atari Democrats. Join us! umd.zoom.us/webinar/regist…
Digital Barriers to Economic Justice, a @datasociety report by @profmgilman & @mary_madden examines interplay of surveillance, digital profiling, automation to reinforce inequality in light of the pandemic: datasociety.net/library/digita…
Tonite at 5PM ET, I'm participating in an @nyu_ipk panel on "Contact and Distance in the Post-Pandemic Social World" w/ @NatashaSchull @paul_dimaggio @merbroussard @EricKlinenberg || Join us, RSVP: ipk.nyu.edu/events/contact…
Ever wonder why the US House has been stuck at 435 people for 100 years? Turns out that number got entangled with an algorithm. Or, rather, an algo was implemented to secure that number. "House Arrest" by @danbouk is fun, fascinating drama-filled history: datasociety.net/library/house-…
Call for Proposals: Actualizing AI regulation to build equity and trust. For @EPICprivacy Symposium on Regulating AI. Abstracts due 6/1. More deets: epic.org/ai/cfp/
This article was like reading a memory. The story of my 20s. Only articulated better. I still long for those days, that cafeteria, the all-encompassing experience. I know better but I’m still jealous of those who get to live in that fantasy land. nytimes.com/2021/04/07/opi…
Grateful for an administration who recognizes the importance of privacy. twitter.com/hansilowang/st…
Trying to better understand disinformation studies? @alicetiara @rachelkuo @Sjonescameron and @moiragweigel have put together a fabulous syllabus: citap.unc.edu/research/criti…
Until 1790, censuses were solely used by the State for abusive purposes - to conscript people, tax them, and directly harm them. (Censuses were conducted by censors.) People have been fighting since to use censuses to empower. Let's not backtrack on that.
Umm.. why would anyone think it's a good idea to merge the IRS and the census? President Taft argued: "The sole purpose of the Census is to secure general statistical information... The Census has nothing to do with taxation..." census.gov/2010census/new…
This spring, I am committing to writing more. If you'd like to be notified of new writing, I've created a (free) newsletter: zephoria.substack.com/welcome Topics include: census, algo accountability, privacy, etc. (But first, a vacation! I will be offline all of next week.)
Sometimes, technology spectacle obfuscates other political tensions. Starting with what happened when Congress didn't reapportion after the 1920 census @danbouk and I examine different moments in census history when a fight was seemingly about math: knightcolumbia.org/content/democr…
Please apply to come work with me & the wonderful @datasociety team!! I have been thinking about these research questions for a while & I'm really grateful for the chance to pour real resources into this 👏🏿🙋🏿twitter.com/datasociety/st…7R6U
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Are you "pursuing creative and meaningful projects that examine, interpret, develop, or apply technology to shape a better future for humanity"? @ComputerHistory has prizes for global changemakers (due March 28): buff.ly/2O9WNB6
"Science for Social Equity" is a @faircount project by the inimitable @JAbramsMcLean to bring scientists and community organizers together to solve problems. Organizers & scientists: apply to be a (funded) fellow by March 20: buff.ly/3rk0uTb
The @uscensusbureau Household Pulse Survey repeatedly reveals the ripples and pain wreaked from the pandemic. Take a moment to think about the people/stories behind these data: census.gov/data-tools/dem… twitter.com/allisonplyer/s…
Three more days until our conference hosted in collaboration w/ @datasociety, @kulawschool, and @BKCHarvard! Visit privacy-praxis.org for more information on registration and our guest speaker for the event!
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Next Friday (Feb 19), I will be speaking in a session at the Computation + Journalism Symposium. If this topic tickles your brain, register here: cj2021.northeastern.edu
Apply to @datasociety workshop on "The Hustle Economy: Race, Gender, and Digital Entrepreneurship" by March 1: datasociety.net/announcements/…
Academics: @MSFTResearch has a dissertation grant program for "underrepresented" students in computing-related fields in US/Canada universities. If you know an eligible doctoral student, let them know! microsoft.com/en-us/research…
"Puppet Entrepreneurship" is a new @datasociety report by @brian_callaci that interrogates electronic monitoring in franchises, revealing broader patterns of surveillance in work. Wanna better understand the gig economy or worker surveillance? Read this! datasociety.net/library/puppet…
I find it so calming to hear a politician recognize the professionalism of civil servants. twitter.com/hansilowang/st…
Who deserves the Patrick J McGovern Tech Humanity Prize? The @ComputerHistory Museum is accepting nominations: computerhistory.org/mcgovern-prize/
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