The Next Web: How big biased datasets make social inequalities worse

The Next Web: How big biased datasets make social inequalities worse. “Despite huge databases of personal information, tech companies rarely have enough to make properly informed decisions, and this leads to products and technologies that can enhance social biases and inequality, rather than address them.”

Analytics India: 5 Alternatives To Google Colab For Data Scientists

Analytics India: 5 Alternatives To Google Colab For Data Scientists. “Google Colaboratory is a cloud service that can be used for free of cost, provided by Google. It supports free GPU and is based on Google Jupyter Notebooks environment. It provides a platform for anyone to develop deep learning applications using commonly used libraries such as PyTorch, TensorFlow and Keras. It provides a way for your machine to not carry the load of heavy workout of your ML operations. It is one of the very popular platforms of the kind. But there are some others which form as efficient alternatives of Colab. These are the best alternatives available out there for Google colab.”

The Register: After years of listening, we’ve heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here’s 1PB of signals

The Register: After years of listening, we’ve heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here’s 1PB of signals. “After years of listening to the cosmos, scientists have failed to pick up any sign of alien civilizations. So, the experts have dumped online a petabyte of signals picked up from the Breakthrough Listen project so nerds like you and me can rifle through the readings and have a crack at finding E.T.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. “It’s unlikely a city hall reporter will ever have occasion to build an iPhone app in Swift, or construct a machine learning model on deadline. But there is definitely a more basic and straightforward set of technical skills — around data analysis — that can be of use to nearly anyone in a newsroom. It ain’t coding, but it’s also not a skillset every reporter has. The New York Times wants more of its journalists to have those basic data skills, and now it’s releasing the curriculum they’ve built in-house out into the world, where it can be of use to reporters, newsrooms, and lots of other people too.”

Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign (Symantec)

Symantec: Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign. “One of the main talking points of the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign involved attempts to surreptitiously influence public opinion using social media campaigns. In the months after the election, it quickly became apparent that a sophisticated propaganda operation had been directed against American voters. Not surprisingly, news of these campaigns caused widespread public concern, prompting social media firms to launch investigations into whether their services had been misused. In October 2018, Twitter released a massive dataset of content posted on its service by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian company responsible for the largest propaganda campaign directed against the U.S.”

US News & World Report: A New Tool to Improve Community Health

US News & World Report: A New Tool to Improve Community Health. “In what may be one of the largest population health collaborations in the U.S., 100 Million Healthier Lives on Monday launched a new framework to help entities across sectors and at all levels – including local communities, nonprofit organizations, health care systems and the federal government – coordinate their efforts, with the ultimate goal of using the shared data to work in sync to improve health across the U.S.”