Facebook says the organizing of stay-at-home protests qualifies as “harmful misinformation” and will therefore be removed. This latest move is among other recent efforts that show the company is becoming more willing to take on the responsibility of content moderation, at least in the wake of worldwide pandemic.
Adrian Liu critiques Facebook's privacy practices, reflecting on whether or not the general thesis held by privacy scholars that often informs consent — the idea that privacy involves transparency and choice — is a viable privacy model for internet platforms.
On June 18, Facebook formally announced plans to build Libra, a cryptocurrency available to Facebook users around the world, in partnership with high-profile companies like Visa, Stripe, PayPal, Uber, and Lyft.
According to Fiesler, the “I am just an engineer” problem is caused by the common way computer science is taught, which treats ethics as its own specialization. She thinks ethics should be taught as part of the technical practice, rather than in its own class as is done at Stanford.
What if we instead considered: how should we think about privacy standards, and by such standards, how did Facebook fare? What we find, I will argue, is that Facebook used a notion of privacy tailored to its own practices, and one out of line with our considered intuitions on what it should mean to protect privacy.
There is one dimension in which Stanford has largely neglected to do work to foster inclusivity in the computer science departments. Stanford students who are not from marginalized backgrounds are often never made to confront the ways that they unintentionally make spaces unwelcome for students from marginalized backgrounds in tech.
“Complexity Theory” is a series on ethics and technology, a collaboration between Stanford students with a range of backgrounds but a shared worry. We aim to shine more light on the apparent intractabilities, the technical subtleties, and the real difficulties of technology ethics.
"Many believe that there is an invisible barrier that exists between being an engineer and wanting to make a difference in people’s lives through civic institutions and that those roles should be ceded to students “better prepared” in an area like the social sciences. But if our current elected officials have demonstrated anything, it is that we need precisely those individuals who bring a problem-solving mindset and affinity for science to Washington."