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Researchers have long theorized about the processes through which childhood experiences shape life outcomes. However, statistical models in the social science often have poor predictive performance. Despite this track record, policy makers are increasingly considering using complex predictive models for high-stakes decisions in settings such as criminal justice and child protective services. In this talk, we present results from the Fragile Families Challenge, a scientific mass collaboration designed to assess the limits of predictability of life outcomes and improve our understanding of these limits.
This project is about the discourses of privacy and privacy law. It constructs the landscape of privacy discourse, where it has been, where it is going, and who it empowers along the way. Based on primary sources research, the project argues that the changing discourse around privacy is shifting power over our data from the field of law to terrain of technology, thereby weakening substantive privacy protections for individuals.
Recommendation systems are ubiquitous and impact many domains; they have the potential to influence product consumption, individuals’ perceptions of the world, and life-altering decisions. These systems are often evaluated or trained with data from users already exposed to algorithmic recommendations; this creates a pernicious feedback loop. We demonstrate how using data confounded in this way homogenizes user behavior without increasing utility.
A conversation with General John R. Allen USMC (Ret.), President, Brookings Institution; Former Commander, ISA and US Forces, Afghanistan and Edward W. Felten, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
Over the last several years, companies seeking to understand how to appropriately moderate content have grappled with a range of complex social and political issues. In November 2018, in a public note by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook announced its intention of creating a mechanism for external review and input on decisions about what violates Facebook Community standards by building an “independent body, whose decisions would be transparent and binding”. To better understand the range of oversight