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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple.
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A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You've probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.
Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.
More choice and greater information can allow parents to make more informed decisions.
Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.
Government algorithms threaten our right to hold politicians to account.
Over the past decade, news media companies have been at the mercy of big tech platforms' algorithms in delivering them readers. But with no guarantee of sustained revenue, media firms are looking elsewhere.
A-level students protest the use of algorithms to determine their grades.
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Problems in the underlying data mean we can't leave algorithms to decide things on their own.
Small groups of fringe activists pushing online disinformation are a growing threat to Australian democracy.
Facial recognition algorithms will always make mistakes. But how can we make them less discriminatory?
Finding valid health care information on social media is harder than it seems.
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Just because YouTube recommends a video doesn't mean it has medically valid information.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump have had different approaches to tweeting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here the two talk during a NATO session in December 2019.
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A tale of two leaders on Twitter in the age of COVID-19.
All is not as it appears on social media.
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A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.
Sberbank Technopark in Russia by Zaha Hadid Architects.
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Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.
Algorithms can take much of the hard work out of tough decisions. But to avoid problems like the Robodebt debacle or unfair parole rulings, we need to ensure machines operate with human-like ethics.
Thumbnails from “Alt-Right” YouTube channels.
Digital Methods Initiative, 2017
Researchers have been able to track how radical communities on the fringes of the web essentially manufacture conspiracy theories.
Even if all the necessary precautions are taken, reminders of your ex can still crop up and catch your eye.
Facebook's algorithms are designed to encourage reminiscence and reconnection. But in the wake of a breakup, we don't always want those things.
For years, Craigslist operated out of an old Victorian house in San Francisco, before moving out in 2010.
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Remember when websites didn't rely on user data for profit margins, when values like anonymity and transparency were celebrated?
Going for a run… with big data.
The use of online health platforms is on the rise, allowing us to track and share our personal data. While such platforms have promise, significant scientific, ethical and privacy questions remains.