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Episode 63
May 15, 2018

Take your data and go home

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Are data science tools outpacing the social and ethical issues around them?

What would a Hippocratic oath look like for the people we trust with our data? That’s one of the questions NYU professor Laura Norén asks in her course “Ethics for Data Science.” Consumers should be pushing for more empowered, informed consent, she says, because right now they have two choices: blindly agree to give up your data to [insert social media or digital platform here] or quit altogether. We’ll start there, and somehow end up at trans-humanism — it’s sci-fi stuff, but it’s where the privacy conversation wants to go, if you let it. But first, speaking of Facebook: Let’s talk about that apology ad the company is running everywhere. Check out makemesmart.org for more, including that ad and the latest from the privacy fiasco.

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