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May 13, 2020
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.
Feb. 3, 2020
Ananya Karthik discusses the importance of algorithmic hygiene in creating an inclusive digital future.
Nov. 22, 2019
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.
Nov. 8, 2019
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.
Feb. 3, 2020
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.
Oct. 25, 2019
“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.
Nov. 1, 2019
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.
Oct. 28, 2019
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.
April 6, 2019
Most of us have an intuitive inclination to react in ways that we want to characterize as “ethical.” If I see someone being beat up, I’m inclined to think that this ought not happen...My ought, I want intuitively to say, is specifically ethical.
April 27, 2021
Choosing the name “theorizing” for the main activity of one’s life can often be met with suspicion. A theoretician spends their life on thinking, whereas good life requires living. It seems that thinking all the time and living stand in contradiction.
July 21, 2019
“Island Universe” represents possible models of the early universe through sculpture. The temporary exhibition is open at the Cantor Arts Center from Feb. 23 to Aug. 18, 2019.
Oct. 14, 2020
Milgrom and Wilson were jointly awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences — worth $10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million USD) — on Monday for their work on auction theory and their invention of new auction formats, which the Royal Swedish Academy of Science said have "benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world.”
May 1, 2019
The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence has announced the 30 diverse projects to which it will award seed grants. One project seeks to use AI to improve music therapy techniques. Another group of researchers are investigating individuals’ “folk theories” of artificial intelligence.
May 7, 2018
A recent Stanford research report provides new details on the workings of Parkinson’s disease that may carry implications for future treatment as well as for other similar ailments.