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Perhaps Congress took "The Wizard of Oz" a bit too seriously

by Phoebe Unterman and Kai Ryssdal Dec 11, 2018
At the House Judiciary Committee hearing with Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, Rep. Zoe Lofgren from California had to ask for clarification that Google’s Search algorithm is not a “little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what [Google is] going…

How women landed the invisible work of social media labor

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 1, 2018
It can start with the language used in job descriptions.
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What's the return on investment for bias trainings?

by Lizzie O'Leary May 25, 2018
We look into how bias trainings work and how companies measure their effectiveness.
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Why facial recognition software has trouble recognizing people of color

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Feb 13, 2018
"Data reflects our history, and our history has been very biased to date," MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini says.
Passersby walk under a surveillance camera that is part of a facial recognition technology test at Berlin's Suedkreuz train station in 2017.
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Companies use ads to pitch issues over products

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 8, 2017
Tackling social problems in campaigns can be tricky. Just ask Pepsi.
Procter and Gamble's "The Talk."
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Full interview: ProPublica's Julia Angwin on biased sentencing algorithms

by Ben Johnson May 25, 2016
Looking at the racial bias of algorithms.
An algorithm created by the for-profit company Northpointe to predict future crime was only 61 percent accurate, according to a ProPublica analysis.
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