Curated News: April 8, 2022

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Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing

CAN THEY ACCESS YOUR DATA?


After hackers were able to use an easily forged legal request to access almost all digital data of some Apple and Facebook users, people are beginning to examine the leniency with which law enforcement can invade privacy through technology.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/04/us-law-enforcement-agencies-access-your-data-apple-meta


FACEBOOK PREDICTION SOFTWARE


Facebook partners with Voyager, a firm that allows the company to digitally surveil users and determine factors that predict higher chances of a person committing a crime.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/17/police-surveillance-technology-voyager


AI IN RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN WAR


While Ukraine using Clearview AI technology to reunite families, locate spies, and identify the deceased, Russia uses surveillance technology to stop and occasionally hold anti-war protestors.


[READ MORE] https://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-russia-have-both-weaponized-facial-recognition-2022-3


PORTLAND POLICE COLLECT DATA


It was revealed that police used social media to collect and record personal information of protestors who stood in downtown Portland on the 22nd night of protesting in Oregon.


[READ MORE] https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2022/04/audit-portland-police-collected-info-on-protesters-in-2020-without-documenting-why.html


BAD OR INACCURATE?


The *Gizmodo*’s thorough analyses of PredPol determined that the software looks to economic and racial cues to predict crime, it must be considered that the investigates does not address whether PredPol is accurately predicting crime patterns.


[READ MORE] https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/can-you-say-crime-prediction-software-is-bad-without-considering-whether-it-is-accurate/


Algorithmic Management and Workplace Surveillance

AMAZON APP LEAK


In hopes of preserving a positive work environment for workers, Amazon plans to launch an internal social media app where employees can communicate and network. The only catch is the proposed “auto bad word monitor” a blacklist of labor union related words that users will be blocked from using.


[READ MORE] https://theintercept.com/2022/04/04/amazon-union-living-wage-restrooms-chat-app/


CHINA CHALLENGES ALGORITHM


Algorithmically run delivery apps in China have been nudging couriers to decrease delivery time, resulting in an increase in traffic accidents and the mass revolt of workers who have had enough.


[READ MORE] https://www.wired.com/story/chinas-gig-workers-challenging-algorithmic-bosses/


EMOTION AI


Artificial Intelligence is now being used to analyze human reactions and emotions to locate signs of engagement during conferences and interviews. While this practice, newly labeled as emotion AI, can be used to revolutionize many industries, it threatens to introduce a vicious cycle of prejudice and bias.


[READ MORE] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-boss-wants-to-spy-on-your-inner-feelings/


GIG WORKERS DEMAND CHANGE


Gig workers are currently the loudest voices in the fight for improvement of the ethical implication of algorithmic management. Employees asking to understand the algorithms that run their lives will mark the start of movement towards a more transparent AI-based workplace.


[READ MORE] https://www.wired.com/story/labor-organizing-unions-worker-algorithms/


FUTURE OF WORK AUTOMATION


While many worry that technology will someday render human workers obsolete, the real concern lies in the likely possibility of artificial intelligence causing the deterioration of working conditions, wages, and care for employee mental health.


[READ MORE] https://www.jacobinmag.com/2022/03/automation-technology-precarity-employment-working-class-logistics


Luxury, Corruption, Global Ethics & Tech

WHERE’S THE PAPER TRAIL?


Find out about how Vladimir Putin has managed to keep his vast wealth under wraps by utilizing things like large supplies of cash, gift requests, and goodwill.


[READ MORE] https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/17/business/putin-wealth-sanctions-invs/index.html


OLIGARCH’S HAND IN ART


Russian oligarchs have played a huge role in the art world for years, but with the new attention on corrupt Russian money in global systems after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, people begin to question whether galleries can rid themselves of the tainted capital.


[READ MORE] http://ttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/mar/17/artwashing-art-galleries-russian-oligarch-money


SOLVING PUTIN


Five expert writers discuss how to move forward with an issue like Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. Read about tackling kleptocracy, understanding Russian imperialism, and how we can deprive Putin and his followers of their wealth.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/20/solve-problem-like-putin-writers-russia-ukraine-oliver-bullough-peter-pomerantsev


BIDEN BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT


When President Biden accused Putin of his potential use of chemical weaponry in Ukraine, he put his son, Hunter Biden, and the hushed laptop scandal, back into the picture to be questioned.


[READ MORE] https://www.arabnews.com/node/2050996/world


OP-ED


Read anti-corruption law expert, Mathew Stephenson’s, opinion on how corruption has taken part in bringing Russia to an invasion of Ukraine and how the world can respond appropriately.


[READ MORE] https://today.law.harvard.edu/combatting-corruption/