DailyDot: Unfair Instagram moderation of women’s bodies highlighted in a new exhibit

Daily Dot: Unfair Instagram moderation of women’s bodies highlighted in a new exhibit. “Getting your content—or worse—your profile removed from a social media platform without explanation or recourse is an alienating feeling that a growing number of people are experiencing. To reflect what it can mean for people’s community, mental health, and even livelihood, London-based creative agency RANKIN launched a project meant to re-platform hundreds of people whose content had been removed from spaces like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.”

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein: Plaintiffs and Google Agree to $118 Million Settlement of Pay Equity Class Action

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein: Plaintiffs and Google Agree to $118 Million Settlement of Pay Equity Class Action. “In addition to monetary relief, the Settlement provides that an independent third party expert will analyze Google’s leveling-at-hire practices and that an independent labor economist will review Google’s pay equity studies. The post-settlement work will be supervised by an external Settlement Monitor over the next three years.”

Museums Association: Julie’s Bicycle launches climate justice hub

Museums Association: Julie’s Bicycle launches climate justice hub. “A free online library of climate justice resources has been launched to support organisations such as museums that want to understand the systemic causes of the climate crisis and how it intersects with issues of social, economic and environmental injustice. The Creative Climate Justice Hub, which has been created by the climate action non-profit Julie’s Bicycle, will also examine how arts and culture are responding creatively to the environmental emergency.”

Digital Inclusion Navigator: A platform to help bridge digital divide for billions (World Economic Forum)

World Economic Forum: Digital Inclusion Navigator: A platform to help bridge digital divide for billions. “The Forum’s EDISON Alliance has launched a new tool to share best practices in expanding digital inclusion: the Digital Inclusion Navigator. The Navigator is open to all, and will ultimately convene and share the best ideas and practices of the digital inclusion policymaking community the world over.”

Wall Street Journal: Cities Take the Lead in Setting Rules Around How AI Is Used

Wall Street Journal: Cities Take the Lead in Setting Rules Around How AI Is Used. “AI, at its worst, can disadvantage already marginalized groups, adding to human-driven bias in hiring, policing and other areas. And its decisions can often be opaque—making it difficult to tell how to fix that bias, as well as other problems. Cities are looking at a number of solutions to these problems. Some require disclosure when an AI model is used in decisions, while others mandate audits of algorithms, track where AI causes harm or seek public input before putting new AI systems in place.”

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time. “As cities around the country seek to leverage smart technology, Philadelphia is continuing its efforts to collect data to address inequality. The city’s recently announced smart streetlight pilot is another tool employed to level the playing field for all of the city’s residents. By design, the SmartBlockPHL program uses sensors on smart streetlights to count people and objects, check air quality and monitor weather conditions. In addition, the streetlights will collect information about local pedestrian traffic, street activity and the environment.”

Politico: The woman behind the Gender Pay Gap Bot

Politico: The woman behind the Gender Pay Gap Bot. “The Twitter bot uses data on the pay gap that British companies are required to disclose by a regulation that went into effect in 2017. When the budget airline Ryanair sent out its International Women’s Day tweet, an image in the style of a movie poster with photos of women employees under the words ‘THE FLIGHT SQUAD,’ the Pay Gap Bot shot out a typically straightforward, cutting quote-tweet: ‘In this organisation, women’s median hourly pay is 68.6% lower than men’s.’”

Washington Post: Biden officials launch ‘screening tool’ to help identify disadvantaged and polluted communities

Washington Post: Biden officials launch ‘screening tool’ to help identify disadvantaged and polluted communities. “As part of its effort to address historic environmental injustices, the Biden administration launched an online screening tool Friday to identify ‘communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.’ The administration is calling on residents to use a “beta version” of its Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool over the next 60 days to upload data that will reveal communities with multiple pollution sources and health threats such as tainted water, poor air quality, dirty roadways and nearby Superfund sites.”

Artwork from the Black Lives Matter memorial has a new home: the Library of Congress (NPR)

NPR: Artwork from the Black Lives Matter memorial has a new home: the Library of Congress. “The fence that once stood between protesters and the White House at Lafayette Park during the summer of 2020 (also known as the Black Lives Matter memorial), displayed hundreds of signs, posters and artwork left by protesters following the murder of George Floyd…. Now, thanks to the help of activists and archivists, the pieces of artwork that once served as a memorial of the movement are being displayed in a new online exhibit on the Library of Congress’ website.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread. “Using Los Angeles County as their subject, [Professor Steven] Graves and CSUN geography graduate student Petra Nichols constructed a series of statistical models that demonstrate that certain neighborhood housing characteristics — including income and ethnicity — made some communities more vulnerable to the virus than others. The information, Graves said, could provide policymakers and public health professionals with vital insight into managing future pandemics.”

Berkeley News: Tracking inequality in real time — a powerful new tool from Berkeley economists

Berkeley News: Tracking inequality in real time — a powerful new tool from Berkeley economists. “UC Berkeley economists have launched a powerful new web tool that allows users to track, almost in real time, how economic growth and public policy affect the distribution of income and wealth among classes in the United States. The website, Realtime Inequality, is an extension of the pioneering work done by Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman that explores how law and policy in the U.S. and worldwide result in profound inequality in the distribution of economic resources.”

Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden (Nature)

Nature: Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden. “Our world has witnessed over 275 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 5 million related deaths1. Marginalized communities everywhere continue to be disproportionately affected as the pandemic amplifies longstanding health and healthcare disparities. As an example, in the United States, members of the Black, Indigenous and Latino communities remain two to three times more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and to die from this disease2. Dismantling structural racism is necessary to improve neurological health, as greater attention is focused on understanding and addressing the post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19, or the neurological manifestations of what is sometimes called long COVID.”