Quartz: AI will reproduce and enshrine age-old biases—if we let it

Quartz: AI will reproduce and enshrine age-old biases—if we let it. “We shouldn’t be worried only about whether robots will take our jobs, but about who is programming them—and with what values. Genevieve Bell is a cultural anthropologist who’s spent the last two decades pondering the intersection of technology and culture, specifically focusing on the ethics of AI in her work at Intel.”

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media. “The DATA Privacy Act, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., explicitly bars Facebook, Twitter and other companies from allowing advertisers to use consumer data to discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation. Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission would issue clear guidance on what constitutes online discrimination and gain new powers to penalize organizations that violate the rules.”

The Next Web: Facebook lets you search for pictures of your female friends, but not your male ones

The Next Web: Facebook lets you search for pictures of your female friends, but not your male ones. “A Belgian security researcher has found an unusual quirk in Facebook’s search function. Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to play dice if you want to look up pictures of your male friends. The bizarre find was discovered this weekend by notorious Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De Ceukelaire.”

The Next Web: After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias

The Next Web: After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias. “This week, a parliamentary committee in the country – where Twitter is believed to have some 30 million users has summoned company executives to discuss social media rights for users – allegedly over concerns of bias against right-wingers. According to a report by PTI, the panel has asked Dorsey to appear before it on February 25, after a meeting with the company’s India representatives on Monday. We’ve asked Twitter to confirm whether the CEO will travel to India, and we’ll update the story accordingly.”

Quartz: Is Twitter biased against India’s right wing? A parliament panel wants to know

Quartz: Is Twitter biased against India’s right wing? A parliament panel wants to know. “Supporters of India’s ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for months alleged that Twitter is biased against them. Now, the social networking site has been summoned before a parliamentary panel on information technology (IT), in what is being widely perceived as a reaction to these concerns.”

MIT Technology Review: This is how AI bias really happens—and why it’s so hard to fix

MIT Technology Review: This is how AI bias really happens—and why it’s so hard to fix. “Over the past few months, we’ve documented how the vast majority of AI’s applications today are based on the category of algorithms known as deep learning, and how deep-learning algorithms find patterns in data. We’ve also covered how these technologies affect people’s lives: how they can perpetuate injustice in hiring, retail, and security and may already be doing so in the criminal legal system. But it’s not enough just to know that this bias exists. If we want to be able to fix it, we need to understand the mechanics of how it arises in the first place.”

New York Times: Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

New York Times: Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased. “In the study, published Thursday, Rekognition made no errors in recognizing the gender of lighter-skinned men. But it misclassified women as men 19 percent of the time, the researchers said, and mistook darker-skinned women for men 31 percent of the time. Microsoft’s technology mistook darker-skinned women for men just 1.5 percent of the time.”