Because its products and services permeate our lives, Google has tremendous power. If the company cannot even pretend to care about its internal “Ethical AI” co-leader, how much do you think they care about the rest of us?

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Dr. Timnit Gebru and I do not know each other. I have never met her and she probably is not even aware I exist. And yet, she is very important in my life. Not only in my life, but in your life, too. Indeed, I believe Dr. Gebru is extremely significant for everyone and I will explain why below.

Before that…

Der folgende Essay entstand Anfang 2019 aufgrund einer Einladung, für ein Buch über Freiheit ein Kapitel zum Thema “Freiheit und Digitalisierung” beizusteuern. Die Wiedergabe des Texts hier erfolgt mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Verlags.

Diagnose: Ambivalenz. Freiheit im digitalen Zeitalter

Im Frühjahr 1999 strahlte die BBC ein Interview mit David Bowie aus, in dem sich der Sänger unter anderem zum Thema Internet äusserte:

“I don’t think we’ve even seen the top of the ice berg, I think the potential what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable. I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”

“Wir…

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«Did Google Manipulate Search for [presidential candidate]?» was the title of a video that showed up in my facebook feed. In it, the video host argued that upon entering a particular presidential candidate’s name into Google’s query bar, very specific autocomplete suggestions are not showing up although — according to the host — they should.

I will address the problems with this claim at a later point, but let’s start by noting that the argument was quickly picked up (and sometimes transformed) by blogs and news outlets alike, inspiring titles such as «Google searches for [candidate] yield favorable autocomplete results…

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“questions” by xkcd

Women need to be put in their place. Women cannot be trusted. Women shouldn’t have rights. Women should be in the kitchen. …

You might have come across the latest UN Women awareness campaign. Originally in print, it has been spreading online for almost two days. It shows four women, each “silenced” with a screenshot from a particular Google search and its respective suggested autocompletions.

Researching interaction with Google’s algorithms for my phd, I cannot help but add my two cents and further reading suggestions in the links …

Do you watch internet pornography? Chances are you do: worldwide, there are 72 million visitors monthly to pornographic web sites, and 42.7% of internet users view adult entertainment.

Before you start arguing about statistics, their meaning, their biases, know this: I agree with being critical — but the point I’m trying to make doesn’t depend on the figures.

A lot of online adult entertainment is watched by a lot of people. That’s a fact. Just check out the most popular sites of your country, and you will probably find a couple of pornographic sites among the top 50. They occurr…

Anna Jobin

Senior researcher @hiig_berlin #ShapingAI | @youngacademy_ch | #100brilliantwomen in #AIethics | board @stsCH_ | she/her | slow blog @sociostrategy

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