Moscow's facial-recognition camera network was initially announced as a way to enforce covid quarantine, catch criminals, & pay subway fares. Now it's being used to arrest protesters 1/… Officials hailed Moscow’s massive facial-recognition camer
Data/technology is often used for additional purposes than why it was originally collected/implemented (which is one of the risks of seemingly "benign" uses of surveillance tech) 2/

In the USA, police have used facial recognition to identify (often Black) protesters in several places 3/



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29 Apr
Saving Face: Investigating the Ethical Concerns of Facial Recognition Auditing, from AIES 2020, by @rajiinio @timnitGebru @mmitchell_ai @jovialjoy Joonseok Lee @cephaloponderer

🧵with some quotes, but I recommend reading the full paper: 1/ Saving Face: Investigating the Ethical Concerns of Facial Re
External algorithmic audits only incentivize companies to address performance disparities on the tasks they were publicly audited for

Microsoft & Amazon addressed gender classification disparity after audit, but still had huge performance gap by skin color for age classification We found that this result holds not only for the audited com
Audits have to be deliberate so as not to normalize tasks that are inherently harmful to certain communities.

Gender classification has harmful effects in both incorrect AND correct classification. Promotes stereotypes and excludes trans & non-binary individuals. 3/ While it is important to strive for equal performance across
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28 Apr
Question: what are your favorite articles/papers/essays about the idea of external audits for algorithmic systems?
In "The Case for Digital Public Infrastructure", @EthanZ proposes building auditable & transparent search & discovery tools... for the emergence of a strategy that allows review & resists gaming… One obvious, but difficult ...
Algorithmic audits will not produce accountability on their own; however if government creates meaningful regulatory oversight, algorithmic audits could become much more impactful

@AlexCEngler analysis on auditing employment algorithms for discrimination…
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To rush CS students through simplified, condensed overviews of ethical understanding & position them to be the primary arbiter of change promotes engineers' inclination towards seeing themselves as solitary savior, to the detriment of the quality of the solution. 1/ Incidents of algorithmic mi...
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@rajiinio @morganklauss @amironesei Incidents of algorithmic mi...
Less about a single engineer’s efforts to enforce their understanding of diverse representation into the model, and more about a form of participatory design where other stakeholders are actively & humbly welcomed to join in creation of more just & equitable systems 3/ s. A step towards more incl...
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24 Feb
Big news: @jeremyphoward & I have moved to his home country of Australia (he is not a USA citizen & has been wanting to return for years). I’m excited about the move, although it is bittersweet 1/
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no in-person childcare; not seeing any of my friends; hearing regularly that mass preventable death is okay as long as it is mostly people with chronic illness (like me), the elderly, & BIPOC dying; and worry of not being able to access an ER or ICU 3/

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20 Feb
Calculating the souls of Black folk: predictive analytics in the child welfare system

powerful & informative talk by @UpFromTheCracks at @DataInstituteSF Center for Applied Data Ethics seminar series, video now online Slide reading "calculating the souls of Black folk: pre
If there was a material benefit from the family regulation system (child welfare system), middle class white people would be seeking it out for their kids.
The child welfare system is not biased, it is racist.

Racist in the Ruth Wilson Gilmore sense of the word: racism is a state-sanctioned and/or extralegal production & exploitation of group differentiated vulnerability to premature death.
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Is your machine learning solution creating more problems than it solves? @JasmineMcNealy on how in focusing narrowly on one problem, we may be missing many others @DataInstituteSF CADE Seminar Series slide reading: "what's the problem? are you creating mo
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"legitimate claimants have also been rejected by the company’s machine learning & facial recognition systems — leading to massive delays in life-sustaining funds"…
Central considerations when designing algorithms:
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- Continuous evaluation & auditing
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