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Machine Bias, ProPublica
Fab story on a mystery algorithim used in courts that gets it wrong for whites and blacks. But not in the same way. https://t.co/lX2FCA7fRJ— T. Christian Miller (@txtianmiller) May 24, 2016
Can algorithms be biased? There is an algorithm being used across the country to predict criminal conduct. Turns out it's nearly twice as likely to "falsely flag black defendants as future criminals" than white defendants.
Making The Grades, Buzzfeed
In 1991, Northwestern Polytechnic University in California had just 16 students. Today, the school boasts a student body of more than 6,000, with virtually all of the students coming from overseas. This investigation asserts that NPU has turned itself into an "upmarket visa mill" and inflated – or made up – grades to allow students to stay in the country.
In the years following World War II, "the U.S. detonated 200 above-ground and undersea nuclear bombs," according to this story. As many as 400,000 veterans, as a result, may have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiations. Many of those veterans today are still fighting – for recognition of the risks they faced and compensation for the harm they suffered.
A convicted stock market fraudster I talked to for this story told me he wished he'd gone into super PACs instead https://t.co/hSTVWwmalN— Robert Faturechi (@RobertFaturechi) May 27, 2016