JEDII Tech News: March 5

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Timnit Gebru was fired from Google — then the harassers arrived

By Zoe Schiffer on The Verge (

For months, Pedro Domingos and Michael Lissack have engaged in a campaign to discredit Gebru’s research.

Those fever scanners that everyone is using to fight covid can be wildly inaccurate, researchers find

By Drew Harwell on The Washington Post (

A flood of thermal scanners hit the market last year. But researchers say many of the devices use software that can make a feverish person appear perfectly well.

Official Information About COVID-19 Is Reaching Fewer Black People on Facebook

By Corin Faife on The Markup (

According to data from The Markup’s Citizen Browser project, there are major disparities in who is shown public health information about the pandemic

‘Floating ship’ photographed off Cornish coast by walker

By BBC News on BBC News (

An illusion called “superior mirage” caused the vessel to look like it was hovering above the sea.

Social media and messaging apps disrupted in Senegal amid political unrest

on NetBlocks (

Network data from the NetBlocks Internet Observatory confirm the disruption of social media and messaging apps in Senegal as of Friday 5 March 2021. Metrics show that Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, ...

COVID-19 repository and public attitudes retrospective

By Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation on GOV.UK (

The CDEI has published new research on the use of AI and data-driven technology in the UK’s COVID-19 response, highlighting insights into public attitudes, as well as trends it has identified.

Facebook Scraped 1 Billion Pictures From Instagram to Train Its A.I. — But Spared European Users

By Dave Gershgorn on OneZero (

The team purposely excluded Instagram images from the European Union, likely because of GDPR

Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea

By Bennett Cyphers on Electronic Frontier Foundation (

The third-party cookie is dying, and Google is trying to create its replacement. No one should mourn the death of the cookie as we know it. For more than two decades, the third-party cookie has been the lynchpin in a shadowy, seedy, multi-billion dollar advertising-surveillance industry on the Web..…

Facebook’s $650M BIPA settlement ‘a make-or-break moment’

on International Association of Privacy Professionals (

Facebook’s $650M class-action settlement is called “a landmark result” and a “make-or-break moment for the privacy bar.”

Why Fairness Cannot Be Automated: Bridging the Gap Between EU Non-Discrimination Law and AI by Sandra Wachter, Brent Mittelstadt, Chris Russell :: SSRN

By Sandra Wachter on

In recent years a substantial literature has emerged concerning bias, discrimination, and fairness in AI and machine learning. Connecting this work to existing

Roundtable Discussion: Refusal of Surveillance Tech, Part 1

on UC Berkeley School of Information (

Apr 12, 2021, 10:30 am —

‘Facebook has a blind spot’: why Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing

By Kari Paul on The Guardian (

Researchers say Spanish-language content is less often and less quickly moderated for misinformation than English content

New Publication! Fissures in Algorithmic Power: Platforms, Code and Contestation

By Posted on 05.03.2021 on New Publication! Fissures in Algorithmic Power: Platforms, Code and Contestationfairwork-logo-whiteFairwork Facebook linkFairwork Twitter linkFairwork LinkedIn link (

Our researchers contend that digital labour platforms are essential objects of analysis to grasp the contested nature of algorithmic power.

All Dogs May Go to Heaven, but Robotic Spy Dogs Can Go Str8 to Hell

By William Owen on Surveillance and the City (

Out, damned Spot! This week on Surveillance And The City, we discuss NYPD’s latest surveillance boondoggle: a very expensive, 70-pound robotic dog affectionately named--you guessed it--Spot. We also cover the latest headlines on tech company rebranding efforts after public backlash against controver

Axe-con: Free, Online Digital Accessibility Conference on March 11-12, 2021

By Deborah Edwards-Onoro on Lireo Designs (

The inaugural axe-con, an open and inclusive digital accessibility virtual conference hosted by Deque Systems, launches March 10 to 11, 2021 with over 90 speakers from around the world. Named for t…

[VIRTUAL] How Misinfo & History Affect BIPOC Trust in the COVID Vaccine

By Suzanne Nossel on PEN America (

Join us for a conversation about vaccine trust, history, and misinformation within BIPOC communities.

#204: Using the axe DevTools Web Accessibility Testing Browser Plugin

By Chris Coyier on CSS-Tricks (

In this video, I’m joined by Preety Kumar of Deque to take a look at their DevTools plugin for axe. Short story: this is an amazing plugin that helps you

The COVID vaccine system is unfair to those who need the shots most. This was predictable.

By Megan J. Shen on USA TODAY (

Getting a COVID shot requires a mobile device or internet, tech skills to navigate websites, ability to travel, and time off work. Make this easier.

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

By Karen Hao on MIT Technology Review (

Algorithms are meaningless without good data. The public can exploit that to demand change.

Election Integrity Partnership Releases Final Report on Mis- and Disinformation in 2020 U.S. Election

By Ari Chasnoff on Home (

Researchers from Stanford University, the University of Washington, Graphika and Atlantic Council’s DFRLab released their findings in ‘The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election.’

Technology is Enabling Surveillance, Inequality During the Pandemic

on Human Rights Watch (

In some respects, the Covid-19 pandemic affirmed technology’s indispensable role in our daily lives. But it also exposed and widened longstanding gaps in protecting human rights, both online and offline.

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