BBC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sued over blocking people on Twitter. “US Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sued for blocking people on Twitter. Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind and Joseph Saladino, a YouTube personality running for Congress, have filed the claims.”
Ars Technica: Yes, “algorithms” can be biased. Here’s why. “Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently stated that facial recognition ‘algorithms’ (and by extension all ‘algorithms’) ‘always have these racial inequities that get translated’ and that ‘those algorithms are still pegged to basic human assumptions. They’re just automated assumptions. And if you don’t fix the bias, then you are just automating the bias.’ She was mocked for this claim on the grounds that ‘algorithms’ are ‘driven by math’ and thus can’t be biased—but she’s basically right. Let’s take a look at why.”
The Daily Dot: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is teaching Congress how to tweet. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is going to teach her fellow members of Congress how to more effectively use social media. The youngest member of Congress will co-host a session on Thursday for the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, joined by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). The two aim to inform their fellow Democrats ‘on the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling,’ according to USA Today.” I think this was last Thursday.
Civicist: Missing: A Digital Playbook For Local Elected Officials. “In just the last two weeks, newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has gained half a million new Twitter followers, zooming from 1.6M to 2.1M. On Instagram, another platform where she excels at sharing interesting glimpses of her life as an activist-turned-newly-successful-politician, Ocasio-Cortez now has 1.6M followers, putting her in the top ranks of politicians using the platform world-wide…. For Ocasio-Cortez, this is all doing wonders for her national political profile and undoubtedly will add to her ability to influence current debates. But should we hold her up as a model?”
CNN: New members of Congress are sharing on social media like never before. “Newly elected members have been sharing their experiences on social media in a way we’ve never seen before. There was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using her Instagram stories to take people behind the scenes of the traditionally closed-door new-member orientation process, from office selection to learning the byzantine House tunnel complex, and using Instagram Lives to talk politics and take questions while making Instant Pot macaroni and cheese.”