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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:58pm
Today I published a new Bloomberg Opinion piece on how Amazon’s sexist recruiting algorithm is not a surprise to anyone, but is framed as one because the tech bros are trying to maintain plausible deniability: Amazon’s Gender-Biased Algorithm Is Not Alone They’re everywhere, but nobody wants to know about it.   For my other Bloomberg […]
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 3:06pm
My amazing, fantastic, and lovable band the TomTown Ramblers is performing at The Rockwood Music Hall next weekend! Buy tickets here, they’re only ten bucks each. . We’re performing mostly original songs thanks to our hugely talented singer songwriting members Blair Bodine and Jamie Kingston (with a new song by Jake Appel!). I’m kind of […]
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 12:59pm
This is a guest post by Jianyin Roachell, Social Innovation, SAS-certified Data Intelligence Developer, US-China-EU relations. My name is Jianyin Roachell, Chinese American and I have been researching how digital innovation and big data can impact socio-economics and political economy in China. In this guest blog, I hope to enlighten you with instances of how big […]
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 5:17pm
This is a guest post by Toby Napoletano, a philosophy PhD who is working on a politics and philosophy podcast that is the subject of this post.     I’ve taught quite a few introductory ethics courses to undergraduates over the past five years or so. During that time, I’ve had the good fortune of having lots of really […]
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 5:47pm
Hey my newest Bloomberg Opinion column is out:   Maybe This Financial System Can’t Be Fixed Better risk management isn’t enough. We need a different paradigm.   For my other columns, go here.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 5:55pm
My newest Bloomberg Opinion piece is out:   In a Way, Trump Is Right About Google’s Bias It’s not harming him, but it’s a real problem.   For a list of all of my columns, go here.  
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 1:42pm
My newest Bloomberg Opinion column on creepy but useful reputation scores is out:   Reputation Scores on Facebook? Bring Them On They’re creepy, but probably a good idea.   For others I wrote, look here. ALSO! My buddy Laura Strausfeld wrote a Bloomberg Opinion piece on access to tampons and what they’re made of:   […]
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 […]
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.