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  • Algorithmic injustice: a relational ethics approach
    It has become trivial to point out that algorithmic systems increasingly pervade the
    social sphere. Improved efficiency—the hallmark of these systems—drives their mass
    integration into day-to-day life. However, as a robust body of research in the area
    of algorithmic injustice shows, algorithmic systems, especially when used to sort
    and predict social outcomes, are not only inadequate but also perpetuate harm. In
    particular, a persistent and recurrent trend within the literature indicates that
    society’s most vulnerable are disproportionally impacted. When algorithmic injustice
    and harm are brought to the fore, most of the solutions on offer (1) revolve around
    technical solutions and (2) do not center disproportionally impacted communities.
    This paper proposes a fundamental shift—from rational to relational—in thinking about
    personhood, data sciences, justice, and everything in between, and places ethics as
    something that goes above and beyond technical solutions. Outlining the idea of ethics
    built on the foundations of relationality, this paper calls for a rethinking of justice
    and ethics as a set of broad, contingent, and fluid concepts and down-to-earth practices
    that are best viewed as a habit and not a mere methodology for data science. As such,
    this paper mainly offers critical examinations and reflection and not “solutions.”
  • US Mulling Domestic Spying Partnership with Private Companies
  • Constitutional Challenges Loom Over Proposed Voting Bill
    The sprawling legislation, known as H.R. 1, could result in lawsuits leading to a dozen Supreme Court cases, legal experts said.
  • Why not turn our airfields into solar farms?
  • (400) https://twitter.com/signalapp/status/1389640079342190595
    RT @raycorrigan: "The way most of the internet works today would be considered intolerable if translated into comprehensible real world analogs, but it endures because it is invisible."
  • (400) https://twitter.com/jbkrell/status/1389719926181613573
    RT @JInterlandi: Good thread here for anyone wondering why Moderna patent promise is effectively useless:

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