AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals
I’m at the Internet Governance Forum 2013 in Bali this week, which kicked off this morning with a discussion on ‘Growth and user empowerment through data commons’ The panel was myself, Alan Paul of the World Economic Forum, and Amparo Ballivian of the World Bank’s Open Data initiative. The panel addressed the issue of how big data and open data could be important in different types of country, at different national income levels. The headings ‘growth and user empowerment’ do not necessarily belong together, and in fact may be specifically in conflict, so it wasn’t surprising that the panel addressed them separately. We discussed how big data was currently contributing to low and middle income countries’ development (answer: not hugely, but there is great potential to digitise huge mounds of locally collected and stored written data and use it to complement, fill out or replace national statistics on issues such…
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Data protection doesn’t engage with the collective level – is it time for change?
In 2014 I met a new faculty member at the Oxford Internet Institute at the photocopier, right at the end of my last day there, and his first. Discussing what we were doing there, we got talking about how privacy didn’t seem to work very well if you looked at it from different disciplinary perspectives, particularly from the angle of development studies. When data are collected and used in places prone to conflict, political instability or otherwise limited statehood, the conditions for collection and use are often not those visualised by data protection laws in wealthier countries. For one thing, visualising conflict data may put whole communities at risk, and the new data technologies (using secondary data collected indirectly from people’s use of devices or services) often leave people unaware that their data are being collected in the first place.
The new faculty member was Luciano Floridi, a leading philosopher of information…
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