JEDII Tech News: March 3

Inside ‘TALON,’ the Nationwide Network of AI-Enabled Surveillance Cameras

By Joseph Cox on vice.com

Hundreds of pages of emails obtained by Motherboard show how little-known company Flock has expanded from surveilling individual neighborhoods into a network of smart cameras that spans the United States.

Make Your Hashtags Accessible

on Bureau of Internet Accessibility (boia.org)

Make hashtags accessible to screen readers, people with cognitive or reading disabilities, or anyone who has trouble reading them by capitalizing the first letter of each word. Learn more here, brought to you by the Bureau of Internet Accessibility.

Google to Stop Selling Ads Based on Your Specific Web Browsing

By Sam Schechner and Keach Hagey on The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com)

The Alphabet company said that it plans next year to stop using or investing in tracking technologies that uniquely identify web users as they move from site to site across the internet.

Major Universities are Using Race as a “High Impact Predictor” of Student Success

By Todd Feathers on The Markup (themarkup.org)

Students, professors, and education experts worry that that’s pushing Black students in particular out of math and science

Far right news sources on Facebook more engaging

By Cybersecurity for Democracy on Cybersecurity for Democracy (medium.com)

Unlike other news across the political spectrum, no “misinformation penalty” for far-right pages

AI ethics research conference suspends Google sponsorship

By Khari Johnson on VentureBeat (venturebeat.com)

The ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) decided to pause its sponsorship relationship with Google.

China’s ‘Sharp Eyes’ Program Aims to Surveil 100% of Public Space

By Dave Gershgorn on OneZero (onezero.medium.com)

The program turns neighbors into agents of the surveillance state

Misogynoir Transformed

By Moya Bailey on NYU Press (nyupress.org)

Where racism and sexism meet—an understanding of anti-Black misogynyWhen Moya Bailey first coined the term misogynoir, she defined it as the ways anti-Blac...

Black Women Interrogate Technology at MozFest 2021

By Mozilla Festival on Mozilla Foundation (foundation.mozilla.org)

The Mozilla Foundation, in partnership with The Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM (COE-MWS) and the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is launching The Future is Intersectional: Black Women Interrogating Technol…

Virginia governor signs nation’s second state consumer privacy bill

By Cat Zakrzewski on The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)

The legislation will allow residents of the commonwealth to opt out of having their data collected and sold. It goes into effect in 2023.

Race, Surveillance, Resistance by Chaz Arnett :: SSRN

By See all articles by Chaz Arnett on papers.ssrn.com

The increasing capability of surveillance technology in the hands of law enforcement is radically changing the power, size, and depth of the surveillance state.

WordPress.org Removes Fake Reviews for AccessiBe Plugin

By Sarah Gooding on WordPress Tavern (wptavern.com)

After noticing suspicious review activity for the AccessiBe plugin, accessibility consultant Joe Dolson reported the fake reviews to WordPress.org’s plugin team. The reviews were removed in u…

Tech and Racial Justice Panel + #RecruitMeNot Campaign Launch

on Eventbrite (eventbrite.com)

Panel on race and technology with Mutale Nkonde, Kim M Reynolds, and Ezinne Nwankwo, plus the campaign launch of #RecruitMeNot.

Couriers say Uber’s ‘racist’ facial recognition tech got them fired

By Andrew Kersley on WIRED UK (wired.co.uk)

BAME couriers working for Uber Eats and Uber claim that the company’s flawed facial recognition technology is costing them their livelihoods

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