Curated News: February 11, 2021

Updated: Feb 26



Algorithmic Management and Workplace Surveillance

ALGORITHM BOSSES


Recent increases in the popularity of AI-based management have less than satisfactory results, causing workers to feel enormous pressure and face unexplained algorithmically determined decisions.


[READ MORE] https://tribunemag.co.uk/2022/01/amazon-algorithm-human-resource-management-tech-worker-surveillance


ENROLLMENT ALGORITHMS HURT STUDENTS


The emerging trend of universities using algorithms for enrollment management, may introduce issues such as discrimination biases and distorted criteria weights, as well as possibly worsen the situation within the already financially stressed higher education industry.


[READ MORE] https://www.theregreview.org/2022/02/02/ross-enrollment-algorithms-worsen-student-debt-crisis/


HEALTHCARE AI BIAS


The use of algorithms in the health care industry presents several different issues as the use of certain machine learning practices grow. Read more to discover ways in which insurers can combat bias.


[READ MORE] https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01287


EMPLOYEE REMOTE SURVEILLANCE EXPERIENCE


With the onset of a worldwide pandemic, remote work became the new normal. Companies quickly began to employ workplace surveillance techniques to ensure productivity, leaving employees alone to contend with an invasive and heartless system of management.


[READ MORE] https://www.morningbrew.com/hr/stories/2022/01/19/employee-surveillance-is-exploding-with-remote-work-and-could-be-the-new-norm


OIL INDUSTRY EXPLORES AI


The African oil and gas industry explores how AI can assist in mining accuracy, market growth, and environmental safety.


[READ MORE] https://www.esi-africa.com/industry-sectors/smart-technologies/intelligent-pigging-services-in-the-oil-gas-pipeline-market/


Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing

EUROPOL MUST DELETE DATA


Europol, the European Union’s police force, is asked to delete most of the illegally acquired mass of data, sized at around 4 petabytes, due to privacy and ethical concerns.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/10/a-data-black-hole-europol-ordered-to-delete-vast-store-of-personal-data


SHADOWDRAGON: NEW SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE


ShadowDragon, a software that allows police to extract data from social media platforms and internet sources, can drastically condense the background check process. The shady mechanics and history of the program leave the public to question the challenges ShadowDragon may pose to human rights.


[READ MORE] https://theintercept.com/2021/09/21/surveillance-social-media-police-microsoft-shadowdragon-kaseware/


AMAZON VS. SOUTH AFRICA


Indigenous people of South Africa object to the impending construction of an Amazon headquarters due to environmental concerns and worries of an increase of low paying jobs that entail extreme AI surveillance.


[READ MORE] https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/1/18/why-south-africa-should-cancel-amazons-new-hq


CRIME PREDICTION FOUND TO BE BIASED


PredPol is examined and determined to be biased towards investigating minority communities over whiter and wealthier areas. Research shows that there are pitfalls to the methods through which the data is obtained as well.


[READ MORE] https://gizmodo.com/crime-prediction-software-promised-to-be-free-of-biases-1848138977


POLICE SURVEILLANCE IN INDIA


An intensive investigation reveals that surveillance technology used by police can further exacerbate biases and discrimination, especially in the Indian caste system.


[READ MORE] https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/india-police-caste/


Luxury, Corruption, Global Ethics & Tech

CPI 2021


Stagnant 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index scores reveal the need for governments to drastically reinvigorate and bolster their efforts to combat the widespread corruption.


[READ MORE] https://www.transparency.org/en/news/cpi-2021-trouble-at-the-top


CHINESE CORRUPTION DOCUMENTARY


The Communist Party of China use *Zero *Tolerance, a televised serial documentary, to propagandize stories of corporate criminals and publicize the events of corruption investigations.


[READ MORE] https://www.wsj.com/articles/on-china-television-corrupt-officials-corporate-villains-are-bad-guys-11644069604


RUSSIAN MONEY IN THE UK


Britain is pushed to fight against the influence of Russian “dirty” money within the United Kingdom as the tension surrounding Russian invasion mounts.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/feb/04/ministers-accused-of-failing-to-stem-flow-of-russian-money-into-uk


INTERVIEW WITH DASHDAVAA


Mongolia’s director of the Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC), Dashdavaa Zandraa, argues that the fight against corruption needs to shift to a focus on the conditions that cause corruption, rather than targeting individual corrupt officers.


[READ MORE] https://thediplomat.com/2022/02/interview-with-dashdavaa-zandraa-mongolias-anti-corruption-chief/


BIDEN ANTI-CORRUPTION PUSH


The public questions Biden administration as their anti-corruption initiatives stress the importance of monitoring the art industry for money laundering, while Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, simultaneously sells his art for extraordinary prices in LA.


[READ MORE] https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/10/12/hunter-biden-corruption-515583