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Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals. That Must Stop Now.

Algorithms pervade our lives today, from music recommendations to credit scores to now, bail and sentencing decisions. But there is little oversight and transparency regarding how they work. Nowhere is this lack of oversight more stark than in the criminal justice system. Without proper safeguards, these tools risk eroding the rule of law and diminishing individual rights.

Source: Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals. That Must Stop Now | WIRED

What does it mean to ask for an “explainable” algorithm?

One of the standard critiques of using algorithms for decision-making about people, and especially for consequential decisions about access to housing, credit, education, and so on, is that the algorithms don’t provide an “explanation” for their results or the results aren’t “interpretable.” This is a serious issue, but discussions of it are often frustrating.

Source: What does it mean to ask for an “explainable” algorithm?

Tech Talk: States Take On Privacy; Realizing the Potential of Fintech

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud , iTunes , and Google Play . This episode is all about privacy and data First we take a look at how states are filling the void when it comes to shaping pro-privacy policies for internet users.

Source: Tech Talk: States Take On Privacy; Realizing the Potential of Fintech

When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’

NSA zero-days and sophisticated state surveillance tools get all the headlines. But we’re overlooking the dangerous, life-threatening, rise of “stalkerware,” which enables domestic violence.

Source: When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’ – Motherboard

1Password ‘travel mode’ keeps your passwords safe at the border but also adds risk

To protect your passwords and data from border control searches, 1Password has added a special feature – called Travel Mode – that temporarily removes all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s devices. However, this feature also may bring some risks.

First, it deprives you of the ability to access some of your accounts. That in turn could lead to confrontations with border agents, particularly if they’re not familiar with password managers.

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Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns

A recent study by Stanford biologists unearths new evidence that a limited selection of a person or animal’s genetic information is sufficient to significantly predict the contents of their DNA, which could have implications for working with incomplete or damaged sets of DNA, according to researchers.

Source: Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns | Stanford Daily

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