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Computer Vision and Regulation

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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?

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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...]

Discriminatory practices in interest-based advertising

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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...]

Data-driven policy making in the Era of ‘Truth Decay’

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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

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Police Shootings: A Closer Look at Unarmed Fatalities By Anonymous 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...]

Digital Equity

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Digital Equity 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...]

The Police State Is Monitoring Your Social Media Activity and Is Encouraged To Track and Arrest You For Exercising Your First Amendment Rights

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The Police State Is Monitoring Your Social Media Activity and Is Encouraged To Track and Arrest You For Exercising Your First Amendment Rights By Anonymous | June 5, 2020 In light of the nationwide protests following outrage over the deaths of George Floyd and several others in the hands of police officers this past week, the nation is as polarized… [Read more...]