Washington Post: Facebook agrees to overhaul targeted advertising system for job, housing and loan ads after discrimination complaints. “Facebook on Tuesday agreed to overhaul its lucrative targeted advertising system to settle accusations that landlords, lenders and employers use the platform to discriminate, a significant shift for a company that built a business empire on selling personal data.”
BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online tool, launched yesterday by the University of Miami with support from Citi, reveals roughly 500 million square feet – roughly the size of Manhattan – of underutilized, publicly owned land in Miami-Dade potentially suitable for the development of affordable housing.” This is only one area, of course, but what an interesting idea.
Curbed NY: Interactive eviction map shows where landlords are booting tenants. “A new interactive map tracking eviction rates across the five boroughs paints a stark portrait of the city’s housing crisis. The data visualizations, created by Acting Public Advocate and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office, pulls data from the City’s Department of Investigations to pinpoint residential evictions across the five boroughs as a tool to guide advocates and policy makers conversation on how to slash the city’s eviction rate.”
Digital Trends: These activists are hacking housing problems in NYC using apps and data . “These do-gooders informally identify as the Housing Data Coalition and consist of a variety of principled hacktivists who are building easy-to-use, intuitive tools that employ data as a weapon to combat illicit and unethical housing practices in a city that houses nearly 9 million people. They call their tools ‘civic technology’ and employ their skills in service of the people, not the landlords who prey on vulnerable populations.”
The DC Line: New website maps out history of housing segregation in DC. “A new website, Mapping Segregation, seeks to illuminate DC’s history of racially restrictive housing covenants from the last century that continue to define the city’s segregation patterns today. The site is the brainchild of DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld, founders of Prologue DC, a private historical research firm. They started the mapping project in 2014, and officially debuted their website at an Oct. 24 event at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.”
San Antonio Current: Feds Back Lawsuit by San Antonio Nonprofit Claiming Facebook’s Ads Discriminate. “Last week, a San Antonio fair housing advocate’s anti-discrimination suit against Facebook got a booster shot from two U.S. government agencies. The suit, filed in March by the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio and three similar groups, argues the social media giant knowingly let landlords and property sellers run ads that filter out who sees them based on factors such as race, disability, religion and whether someone has kids.”
CNET: Facebook takes heat from HUD over allegedly discriminatory housing ads. “Facebook is getting in trouble again for housing ads that a US agency says are discriminatory. The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday that it’s filed a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act because the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination.”