The best minds in AI ethics are not even one step removed from this mess.
The goals here were clear: preserve standardisation in unprecedented times. But public trust? Fairness? Equity? People in charge ranked those goals lower than that of standardising marks across schools. But absence of 'ground truth' here -- 2020 individual exam results --> FAIL.
We need instead to understand how these systems are rolled out in practice -- not just open the so-called black box but what's around that box: who built it, who is using it, what are they doing with it, who do they think it is for, what do people know/THINK they know about it.
This is Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. In July 2018, the Lexington (KY) city council quietly moved this statue from Main Street in front of the courthouse to here:
Facing the 929 dead US Army soldiers buried in the Lexington Cemetery.
I like to think there's some fitting historical context here. Let me explain. 2/23
"A harvest of death" was how Lt Col E. B. Whitman described his grisly and difficult work of bringing back the bodies of Union dead to reinter at then newly created national cemeteries like this one in downtown Lexington. 3/23
"Ohio State is a large community of 100,000 people."
@CUNY has 257,000 students. Was there a reason that the NYT snubbed the largest higher ed institution in its city?
The stories we tell about coronavirus matter. College isn't just dorms and football games. In fact, 1 in 3 college students don't go the types of colleges they are talking about in this article; they go to for-profit schools or 2 year colleges. What is happening there?
I'm a parent. Here's what I need to know from the UK Government before I can decide if it is safe to send my kids back to school. 1/
Many scientific advisors including @JeremyFarrar say it is too early to reopen. Can the government assure parents that they have met their own benchmarks for safely reopening? 2/
Why can the government tell parents why they not followed the scientific advice on reopening schools? Both Sage and @IndependentSage suggest it is too early. What evidence supports the government's decision to reopen now?
Here's a story: So-called superspreader "events" for coronavirus in the US are among the poor, working class and marginalized. And they are at their work.
To get ahead and stop this virus we must tell the right stories. (thread)
There is so, so much wrong with the Q*uilet** story that inspired this rant that I won’t link to it. But @trishgreenhalgh analysis is spot on: Let's just make sure we tell the RIGHT stories.
The 10 biggest clusters of infection in the US are not high-flying international gatherings. The 10 biggest clusters are not rich people going to Europe. The 10 biggest clusters are not from airplanes or conferences or fancy birthday parties. They are NOT from outsiders.
flight attendant: is there a doctor on board?
mom: *nudge* could’ve been you
a sociologist: *sigh*
flight attendant: we desperately need social insights during a public health crisis
a sociologist: IT’S HAPPENING OH MY GOD IT’S REALLY HAPPENING
The backgrounds of people in "Internet Services" look more like cultural leaders than business leaders. That's a sidebar fining from this cool new paper on the Ivy League educations of the US cultural elite by @BrintSteven@KomeeGee Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, @zfshuker & Suki Wang
Lessons for academics from @Jason's "How to Say "No": Five Templates to Turn Down Opportunities Gracefully" bit.ly/2o1KU31 1. THANK people for their interest/ideas/connection 2. Know what YOUR OPPORTUNITIES look like 3. Know your "DON'T DOs" 4. Be on DEADLINE
1. Thank people for reaching out: A great way to acknowledge someone has an idea/opportunity for you. E.g., "Thank you for thinking of me for the editoral board of your <predatory> journal, but I must decline." Bonus points for early replies. 2/10
2. Know what opportunities look like for you. For ECRs the chance to speak on a keynote panel at a workshop can be great. I know more senior academics who refuse all the panels. Being clear with what is an opportunity looks like for you helps you to say no.... 3/10
Social scientists KNOW these answers:
"Why did Silicon Valley happen in California rather than Japan or Boston?" AnnaLee Saxenian @BerkeleyISchool & Woody Powell of @CASBSStanford@Stanford know this.
"Why did the Industrial Revolution start when it did?"
<Shakes her head> 1/4
To be fair, the rise of the industrial revolution gave rise to the entire disicpline of sociology to empirically measure the changes happening to people & society as the the economy changed. It was 'Progress Studies 1.0', if you will. 2/4
What is the effect of culture on the economy? Oh hi, Max Weber! How do economic changes destablize social order? Oh there you are @emiledurkheim! What caused the Industrial Revolution? <forgive me for not tagging Karl>. 3/4
We show how people working with data grapple with pragmatic ethical choices in their day-to-day work. We do this by looking at Data Science for Social Good teams, academic data science teams, and energy engineering teams.
We look at four common critiques of big data
data are inherently interpretive
data are inextricable from context
data are mediated through the tools that produce them
data become a chance to negotiate values.
The last of the great generation: a country doctor who served generations and delivered over 6,000 babies, including me. Rest in peace, Doc. (A grateful thread) porterandsonfd.com/obituary/paul-…
He truly put patient care first. He was also the first to distribute birth control to the women of my county, as a health issue. archives.cnn.com/1999/HEALTH/12…
Here's his story in his own words of how he created an easy credit system for poor people with no health insurance before Medicare, delivering babies for a $60 fee, that's about $560 today. Still it was about 6 weeks of the average income then & there. journals.lww.com/greenjournal/C…