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Here’s one solution from a tired teacher

I tell one student to put their phone away. I tell another who has his head down to wake up. On the computer, I have to specify I’m talking to one student instead of another, but of whom look up when I say their similar-sounding names. The wi-fi drops and…


‘Bias audits’ for discriminatory tools are a promising idea, but current approaches leave much to be desired

This op-ed was written by Mona Sloane, a sociologist and senior research scientist at the NYU Center for Responsible A.I. and a fellow at the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge. Her work focuses on design and inequality in the context of algorithms and artificial intelligence.

We have a new A.I…


To mark the web’s 32nd birthday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet access for all, a fight against abuse and misinformation, and more

Last year, we marked the web’s birthday just one day after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 crisis a pandemic. In the 12 months since, the web — like so many of us — has been tested like never before. …


2020 was a big year for the internet. As Covid-19 spread worldwide and many countries descended into monthslong lockdowns, much of daily life moved online. Racial justice, mass surveillance, and America’s contentious elections took center stage, too — both online and off. Each year, the Mozilla Foundation takes the internet’s…


A strain of science fiction called visionary fiction empowers activists, artists, and organizers to seed a better future

Science fiction is still regarded as the province of space opera and high technologies run amok — but at its best, it shines a light on the problems and possibilities of our world as it is. Visionary fiction, a practice developed by Walidah Imarisha, author and editor of Octavia’s Brood…


We’re creating a marketplace of disinformation

The 1993 film Demolition Man imagines a future given over to surveillance, cultural conformity, and social control. There is even a literal “speech police” — an A.I. that automatically gives people tickets for using foul language. …


Andrea Wishom of Skywalker Holdings joins Pinterest’s overwhelmingly white board of directors

Pinterest announced it was adding Andrea Wishom, president at Skywalker Holdings and former executive vice president at Harpo Productions, to its board of directors on Monday. …


What the experience taught me about automating the hiring process

A few weeks ago, I had just completed an application to work in a warehouse for Amazon. I had watched a video and completed a quiz showing that I knew that to stow items — heavy goes on the bottom, light goes on top. About 20 minutes later, Amazon emailed…


The Color of Climate

Environmental justice activists are ‘cautiously optimistic’

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

Environmental justice activists in the United States celebrated two monumental wins in the fight against fossil fuels this week. The construction of two…


Blind’s sister site, Rooftop Slushie, has built a marketplace for job referrals

If you’re looking for a job at a tech company like Facebook, Amazon, or Google, you’re probably also looking for a referral. Top tech companies make it extremely easy for their employees to refer job candidates — usually it’s just a matter of uploading the candidate’s resume — and offer…

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