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Algorithmic Injustice, a Visa Mill and More in MuckReads Weekly

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Machine Bias, ProPublica

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.

America's atomic vets: 'We were used as guinea pigs – every one of us', Reveal

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.

'On Like Donkey Kong': How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock, ProPublica

Following Hillary Clinton's announcement that she would seek the Democratic nomination for president, the stock of a small publicly traded company that once built beer pong tables soared twelve-fold in value in a month. The story behind that rise illustrates one of the many problems spawned by loose regulations of super PACs.

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A Failure of Oversight,  APM Reports

Hospital drugs leading to hospital highs, 9News

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