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British Columbia introduces Anti-Racism Data Act, the first in North America to collect data as a “tool of care” for human rights. It gives the Canadian province limited rights to collect select demographic data to be used to identify and look to eliminate systematic racism. It includes provision for the creation of an anti-racism data committee to be appointed this summer which will work with Indigenous groups, people of color, and racialized communities. Individuals will have the choice of whether they want to have their demographic data used and won’t be denied services if they decline.

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Google CEO urged to protect women in advance of Roe decision

May 31, 2022

Seems the wrong way around, yet in another strange-but-true episode of, “You Bet Your Privacy,” 40+ Democratic lawmakers appealed to a scion of Big Tech to take up the defense of women nationwide, should Roe be overturned. Fearing women can become geo-located targets of right-wing prosecutors, the ask is for CEO Sundar Pichai to preemptively shed, then not collect location data to keep hunters off the scent. How Did We Get Here?

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Two-year study of ICE procurement activity finds US agency has easy access to billions of data points – with little oversight

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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