As we say goodbye to 2020 (good riddance!), what are key policy debates to look out for in 2021 that implicate technology and social justice? Because 2020 has been a turbulent year, raising many equity issues to the fore, I want to focus on those tech policies that will have the greatest impact on theContinue reading “Social Justice and Tech Policy: What To Expect in 2021”
As a sociologist, and now a privacy practitioner, I am interested in the ethical issues we face in using new technologies like AI and machine learning. They are of course many ranging from privacy and fairness to accountability and transparency. But how does a social scientist without a computer science background engage in these topicsContinue reading “Translating Algorithms”
The COVID19 pandemic is an unprecedented global public health challenge. It’s additionally troubling that its impact and our response to it throws into sharp relief many social inequalities in areas like healthcare, education, and employment that have existed long before the pandemic. Technology, as it’s used in each of these sectors, has historically co-created theseContinue reading “COVID19, Technology, and Social Inequality”
Matthew Henry unsplash.com This year, government action on facial recognition is heating up. While most agree that some sort of facial recognition regulation would be better than today’s “anything goes” status quo, the debate rages on between two radically opposed positions: regulate it or ban it altogether?