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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:15am
Hey my newest snarky Bloomberg Opinion piece is out!   Mark Zuckerberg Is Totally Out of His Depth And so are all the big boys of tech   For a longer list of all my Bloomberg columns, go here.
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 3:05am
I wrote a Bloomberg View post about how the U.S. can regulate technology and algorithms which came out this morning:   How America Can Stop Being the Wild West of Data It can’t follow Europe’s example. But Senator Mark Warner has some good ideas.   You can see the rest of my Bloomberg View posts […]
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 2:41am
I wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times with Bart Schermer. It’s behind the paywall unfortunately, but hopefully some of you have subscriptions:   Audit the algorithms that are ruling our lives    
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 3:44am
I’ve got a new Bloomberg View column out about how I decided to become a mathematician: How Dominoes Helped Make Me a Mathematician Proofs can be empowering My other Bloomberg columns are listed here.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 2:35am
The good folks at Science For The People are hosting an event to celebrate their first publication in a long while (see more about the history of SftP here):     Celebrate the return of Science for the People! Join us for the premiere viewing of the mini-documentary about SftP’s revitalization and readings from our first publication […]
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:57am
I’ve got a new Bloomberg View column out about the failure of the Gates Foundation’s Education Reform: Here’s How Not to Improve Public Schools The Gates Foundation’s big-data experiment wasn’t just a failure. It did real harm.   My other Bloomberg columns are listed here.
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 12:38am
I wrote a new Bloomberg View essay about two of my favorite things to hate, Google Glasses and airplane flights: Everyone Should Hate Google Glass The device’s usefulness in certain applications doesn’t make it good.     My other Bloomberg columns are listed here.
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 6:26am
I wrote a new Bloomberg View essay about the Harvard admissions kerfuffle: College Admissions Will Never Be Fair If we recognize this, we can build a better system.   My other Bloomberg columns are listed here.
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
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.