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GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

Gizmodo: Although files possessed by Deep Root would be typical in any campaign, Republican or Democratic, experts say its exposure in a single open database raises significant privacy concerns. “This is valuable for people who have nefarious purposes,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said of the data.

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Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

ASME Demand: A.R. Lange and Natasha Duarte discuss how human judgments are reflected in data-driven decision-making, and how unexamined value-laden software can have unintended discriminatory effects that perpetuate structural inequality.

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After London attacks, British prime minister calls for worldwide Internet regulations to fight terrorism

Washington Post: “May’s government now has incredible compulsory powers to do both targeted and bulk surveillance in her country,” said Michelle Richardson, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based think tank. “The only thing left you could seem to grab would be a complete surveillance state. If you’re proposing to go even further than the current authority, there’s not much you could do beyond that that isn’t an explicit attack on human rights.”

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Facebook’s Fight to Block Violent and Hateful Content

Voice of America: In early May, Facebook said it was hiring an additional 3,000 people to identify and remove violent and hateful content. The announcement came after several people posted videos of murders and suicides that stayed on Facebook for hours. In a Facebook post, CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg called the videos “heartbreaking.”…

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