Apple's credit card may discriminate, just like lots of banking algorithms

Nov 12, 2019
Even when you sit down with a banker in person, algorithms likely affect whether you get a loan and how much interest you’ll pay.

Can a credit card be sexist?

Nov 11, 2019
It is alleged that the Apple Card offers higher credits to men than it does women — on that basis alone.
Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, speaks during an Apple product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25 in Cupertino, California.
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An argument for algorithms that reflect our highest ideals

Oct 31, 2018
"The purpose shouldn't just be the enrichment of the tech firm, but rather the common good as a whole," one author says.
An AI cancer detection microscope by Google is seen during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 (WAIC 2018) in Shanghai on September 18, 2018.
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An argument for algorithms that reflect our highest ideals

Oct 31, 2018
"The purpose shouldn't just be the enrichment of the tech firm, but rather the common good as a whole," one author says.
An AI cancer detection microscope by Google is seen during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 (WAIC 2018) in Shanghai on September 18, 2018.
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Is Netflix personalization making you feel *seen* ... or profiled?

Oct 26, 2018
If you’ve got a Netflix account, you know the company tries real hard to personalize pretty much everything. But a recent Twitter thread by the writer Stacia Brown revealed what felt like racial profiling on her Netflix feed. Netflix says that it doesn’t collect demographic information, and all personalized recommendations come from a consumer’s viewing […]

Is Netflix personalization making you feel *seen* ... or profiled?

Oct 26, 2018
If you’ve got a Netflix account, you know the company tries real hard to personalize pretty much everything. But a recent Twitter thread by the writer Stacia Brown revealed what felt like racial profiling on her Netflix feed. Netflix says that it doesn’t collect demographic information, and all personalized recommendations come from a consumer’s viewing […]

Navigating Instagram's algorithm as @idealblackfemale

Aug 6, 2018
How hate speech censorship policies and content moderation appear to an artist creating on the platform.
Mandy Harris Williams says she's found a great home for her art on Instagram.
Maritza Lerman Yoes

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The Dow dive computers might have caused

Feb 6, 2018
Algorithms don’t generally create steep declines, but they do amplify trends, one expert says.
Closing numbers are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange in 2018.
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Facebook probably knows everything about you

Dec 16, 2016
Data algorithms help advertisers put together your digital profile.
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Using data and algorithms to style men

Sep 19, 2016
Online styling service Stitch Fix launches a men's line.
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