Computer Vision and Regulation
By Hong (Sophie) Yang | July 3, 2020
What is computer vision?
Computer vision is a field of study focusing on training the computer to see.
“At an abstract level, the goal of computer vision problems is to use the observed image data to infer something about the world.”
(Page 83, Computer Vision: Models, Learning, and… [Read more...]
Surge Pricing – Is it fair?
By Sudipto Dasgupta | July 3, 2020
What is Surge Pricing?
Surge pricing by rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft originates from the idea to adjust prices of rides to match driver supply to rider demand at any given time. During periods of excess demand, the number of riders is high compared to the cars… [Read more...]
Addressing the Weaponization of Social Media to Spread Disinformation
By Anonymous | July 3, 2020
The use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter by political entities to present their perspectives and goals is arguably a key aspect of their utility. However, social media is not always used in a forthcoming manner. One such example is the use of… [Read more...]
Your Health, Your Rights: medical information not covered by HIPAA
By Adam Sohn | June 26, 2020
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) protects your personal medical information as possessed by a medical provider. By HIPAA, you may obtain your record, add information to your record, seek to change your record, learn who sees your information,… [Read more...]
Discriminatory practices in interest-based advertising
By Anonymous | June 26th, 2020
Economics and ethics
The multi-billion dollar online advertising industry is incentivised to ensure that ad dollars convert into sales, or at least high click-through rates. Happy clients equate to healthy revenues. The way to realize this goal is to match the right pair of eyeballs for each ad –… [Read more...]
I recently learned about two important Zoom features.
1) Move Co-Host Between Breakouts
You may have colleague (e.g. teaching assistant, graduate student instructor, etc.) assist you during live session. In particular, you may want to assign them to move between breakout rooms to help students if they get stuck on a concept, and to make sure students stay on-topic. You… [Read more...]
Data-driven policy making in the Era of ‘Truth Decay’
By Silvia Miramontes-Lizarraga
Through the advances of digital technology, it has been made possible to collect, store and analyze large amounts of data that contain information of various subjects of interest, otherwise known as Big Data. One of the effects of this field is the increase in data-driven methods for decision… [Read more...]
Police Shootings: A Closer Look at Unarmed Fatalities
Last year, fifty-five people were killed by police shootings while “unarmed.” This number comes from the Washington Post dataset of fatal police shootings, which is aggregated by “local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media” as well as other independent databases. In this dataset, the recorded weapons that victims… [Read more...]
By Anusha Praturu | June 19, 2020
It’s no secret that in 2020, it is becoming increasingly difficult to participate in modern society without some level of access and literacy with basic technologies, the Internet being chief among them. And with the widespread growth of WiFi hotspots, smartphones, and other Internet-capable devices, it’s becoming easier for most of… [Read more...]