AI Ethics Weekly – Mar 23: Taking a Stand for Humanity

AI Ethics Weekly – Mar 23: Taking a Stand for Humanity
March 22, 2021 LH3_Admin

We can’t talk about the ethics of AI without addressing sexism, racism, and human rights violations.

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Critical Reflections on Systemic Racism and Sexism

A Letter to My Fellow Asian Women Whose Hearts Are Still Breaking
AYearOfHavingABadDay @rinachandran
“I am not spending any more of my limited time alive defending the humanity of marginalized people, arguing once again with those who don’t already see it that we are all fully realized people deserving of human rights. This long, hard week, I have felt especially pulled toward the company of fellow Asian women, so that is who I will write to here.”

Explainer: what is systemic racism and institutional racism? [Feb 2020]
“Systemic racism”, or “institutional racism”, refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at a systems level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.

Standing up for Humans

Algorithms are treating workers like robots. Canada needs policy to protect them
h/t Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar
“we have set employment standards around when people can work and for how long, what breaks they can take, how many sick days they are entitled to and what vacation is warranted, but we have nothing in labour law that protects people from workplace technologies that automate tasks and force an unhealthy pace of work through algorithmic manipulation.”

Dutch court rulings break new ground on gig worker data rights
Patricia Shaw @altrishaw
Amsterdam court orders more algorithmic transparency at Ola but rejects claims of absence of human oversight at Uber. In the case against Ola Cabs, the Amsterdam District Court found that the car-booking app had used an entirely automated system to make deductions from one driver’s earnings — a finding that attracts greater legal protection.

Facial Recognition: What Happens When We’re Tracked Everywhere We Go??
Ulrike Franke @RikeFranke
Your Face Is Not Your Own – When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open.

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