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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:21am
I wrote a new Bloomberg View essay about the upcoming elections: Let’s Send Facebook Some Election Observers Scientists should study its role in the 2018 vote.   My other Bloomberg columns are listed here.  
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:33am
This is a guest post by Julia Evans, a programmer who blogs and tweets. What’s a zine? A zine is a short, usually self-published booklet. Most people who are familiar with zines probably know them from punk zines, art zines, literary zines, feminist zines, or anarchist zines. I love zines like that, but I’ve been […]
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:33am
This is a guest post by Julia Evans, a programmer who blogs and tweets. What’s a zine? A zine is a short, usually self-published booklet. Most people who are familiar with zines probably know them from punk zines, art zines, literary zines, feminist zines, or anarchist zines. I love zines like that, but I’ve been […]
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:35am
Fast Company’s Katharine Schwab wrote up ORCAA and it’s seal of approval: This logo is like an “organic” sticker for algorithms The food we eat has quality certifications. Why shouldn’t the algorithms that shape our world? Here’s the picture of the seal of approval, designed by our friends at GoodGoodWork:
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:05pm
I’ve got a new post up in Bloomberg Opinion, inspired by the New York Times analysis on pot arrests that came out recently:   Let’s Not Forget How Wrong Our Crime Data Are When marijuana is legalized, we’ll lose our only reliable barometer of bias in arrests.   There’s no complete list right now of […]
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:35am
MIT’s Technology Review has a feature called the “Download” and subtitled “What’s up in emerging technology” that featured my company, ORCAA last week: This company audits algorithms to see how biased they are   This and the Wired piece last week have led to a bunch of inquiries for ORCAA, which is super exciting! Fingers […]
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:10pm
I’m psyched to announce that my algorithmic auditing company, ORCAA, has been written up in Wired by Jessi Hempel, in an article that talks about how we audited Rentlogic, our first customer. Take a look! WANT TO PROVE YOUR BUSINESS IS FAIR? AUDIT YOUR ALGORITHM
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 5:05pm
This is a guest post by Ben Blum-Smith, a math teacher and researcher. You can find Ben on Twitter at @benblumsmith or read his blog, Research in Practice. Announcing the first talk in a speaker series on Mathematics and Democracy! The series will host a scholarly conversation on a broad range of issues where mathematics […]
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:35am
Hey I was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning talking with Laurel Wamsley about an alternative to Facebook: Would We Be Better Off If We Didn’t Rely On 1 Social Network?    
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:15pm
This is a guest post by Allison Pacelli, a Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. She got her Ph.D. in Algebraic Number Theory at Brown University in 2003, and has been at Williams ever since.  Allison is an award-winning teacher, and author of numerous research papers in mathematics as well as the book Mathematics and Politics: Strategy, […]
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:35am
My newest Bloomberg View article just came out: Congress Is Missing the Point on Facebook Americans need a data bill of rights.   See all my Bloomberg View pieces here.
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:35am
I was interviewed by Tom Upchurch of Wired UK on a Hippocratic Oath for data science and ethics of AI (it’s long!): To work for society, data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:35am
I was interviewed by Tom Upchurch of Wired UK on a Hippocratic Oath for data science and ethics of AI (it’s long!): To work for society, data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:35am
My newest Bloomberg View piece just came out: Don’t Worry About the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars Road deaths create an incentive to care that is woefully lacking elsewhere.   To read all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:35am
My newest Bloomberg View piece just came out: How to Teach a Computer What ‘Fair’ Means If we’re going to rely on algorithms, we’ll have to figure it out.   To read all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 5:05pm
Hey all! I told you I’m boring now, so here’s proof. I ran my second 5K race this morning. My first one was in early February, and I ran with my buddy Elizabeth (who you might remember as my yarn whisperer) and my husband Johan: This morning my husband watched me run the same route […]
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece just went up: Big Data Alone Can’t Fix a Broken Bail System Philadelphia should think twice about its risk-assessment algorithm.   For all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece just went up: Big Data Alone Can’t Fix a Broken Bail System Philadelphia should think twice about its risk-assessment algorithm.   For all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 5:05pm
Did you hear that Palantir, the big data company founded by Peter Thiel, has been secretly building predictive policing algorithms for New Orleans? Well, when my buddy Ernie Davis found out, he decided to write a poem. He’s generously allowed me to reproduce it here: Six years ago, one of the world’s most secretive and […]
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:35am
I wrote a Bloomberg View piece about something Facebook could probably do to determine if the Russian ads made a difference in the 2016 election: Facebook Could Do a Lot More on Trump-Russia The company could probably measure the effect of election-meddling if it wanted to.   For my complete list of Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.