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What to do about bias?

December 1, 2020

The relationship between algorithms and bias is both problematic and an opportunity. Problematic in that it has the potential to amplify and exacerbate entrenched biases and inequality. However it’s also an opportunity as we can now document and identify institutional or cultural bias in ways that were not previously possible.

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Future Fibre: Wifi Dabba

November 27, 2020

Wifi Dabba is a fascinating story from India about innovation in broadband, even though the company happens to be based in Delaware, with offices in California, and is backed by major silicon valley venture capital. The company is focused on providing broadband Internet to the next billion users, and their plan begins in urban India.

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The Future of Education

November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to our American subscribers. Hopefully you’re spending it with your social bubble and connecting with extended family via the Internet?

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A glaring hole in the digital charter

November 20, 2020

This week the Canadian government introduced legislation titled the “Digital Charter Implementation Act” which proposes to upgrade the country’s privacy laws while also creating a new regulator, to govern both data and AI.

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Future Tools: ZoneMinder

November 20, 2020

Given our recent discussions about surveillance, especially in the context of a pandemic, it makes sense to take a moment to examine open source surveillance systems. After all, surveillance is seductive. As it increases in accessibility and ease of use, more people will be tempted to use or play with such systems.

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Assessing the spread of covid surveillance

November 18, 2020

If we are to accept that all data, is health data, then we also ought to entertain the possibility that data transforms us, at the very least in the form of feedback.
The more data we have about or body, and our health, the greater the likelihood our behaviour will change, hopefully as a means of improving our health, but that’s not always the case.

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Contributors

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Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 

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Jesse Hirsh

Futurist, researcher and public speaker, Jesse Hirsh has been active in technology and commenting on it across the media for 25 years. His premium newsletter service operates from Metaviews.ca.

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Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith is the author of numerous books and writes from OfTwoMinds.com.