πŸ“‘ Social Inequality Will Not Be Solved By an App

Bookmarked Social Inequality Will Not Be Solved By an App by Safiya Umoja Noble (WIRED)
The entire experiment of the internet is now with us, yet we do not have enough intense scrutiny at the level of public policy on its psychological and social impact on the public.
In an excerpt from Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Safiya Umoja Noble highlights the part that technology plays in reinstating inequality and oppression. This is a topic that Cathy O’Neil touches on in her book Weapons of Maths Destruction. One point that stood out was the ability to use algorithms to find the ‘best’ school:

These data-intensive applications that work across vast data sets do not show the microlevel interventions that are being made to racially and economically integrate schools to foster educational equity. They simply make it easy to take for granted data about β€œgood schools” that almost exclusively map to affluent, White neighborhoods. We need more intense attention on how these types of artificial intelligence, under the auspices of individual freedom to make choices, forestall the ability to see what kinds of choices we are making and the collective impact of these choices in reversing decades of struggle for social, political, and economic equality. Digital technologies are implicated in these struggles.

Another introduction to Noble’s book is her video, found here.

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