Category - Internet Policy

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The Bots are Here: Nonprofit Friends or Foes?
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A New Form of Justice

The Bots are Here: Nonprofit Friends or Foes?

That long awaited moment is here: robots have become a regular part of our daily lives. But are they here to help or hurt us? Beth Kanter and I explore this question in a post called: The Robots Are Here: How Nonprofits Can Make Sure They Save Rather Than Kill Us.

 As Beth mentions in her personal post, last year was a struggle for people like us who invested so much time and energy on ways to use social media for social good over the last decade. Our assumption was that the good parts of being connected and in conversation with other people online and on land outweighed the bad parts of filter bubbles and trolls. But last year didn’t feel that way. Last year made me want to abandon online life.

In December, Beth and I began to talk about what’s next and how it might, or at least could, feel better. And that’s how this first article about the Age of Automation. We are cautiously optimistic about the power of robots to help people. But we also recognize the real possibility that we may make the same mistakes again; leaving too much unchecked power in the hands of private corporations to own public spaces and our lives.

So, give a read and let us know if you have any thoughts on where we go from here.

I remain cautiously optimistic than when our backs are against the wall – as they are now – we will fight our way to a more just world.

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A New Form of Justice

The New York City Council has just passed a law to make all algorithms used by the city government transparent. It is a new kind of justice, algorithmic justice. to ensure that the wheels of government and AI are being used for good and not evil. It is just the beginning of push back on the opaque and too often insidious ways that algorithms and other codes are being used to manipulate our attention, data and privacy. It iwll be interesting to watch how efforts like this take hold over the next few years.

Here‘s a good article on the new law from the ACLUL

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